Peaky Blinders may have a heavy focus on Tommy Shelby but the BBC drama’s creator and writer Steven Knight has revealed that the Peaky world could actually continue without Tommy if necessary.
Knight told Birmingham Live that although the show’s current incarnation relies on actor Cillian Murphy being on board as Tommy, that may not be the case once the main show comes to an end after its upcoming sixth and final season.
“In the form it is in, it is absolutely impossible for this to work without Cillian,” he said. “As it grows and progresses, who knows? There may be worlds that are part of the Peaky world that are about someone else but he is the centre around [which] everything orbits.”
The prospect of further Peaky Blinders-based projects is certainly intriguing – and one thing we do know for sure is that a movie is on the way.
Despite the fact that Knight has previously suggested that the movie will be how he ends Peaky Blinders, he has now revealed in a very exciting development that he is actually hoping to continue the universe beyond the planned film.
“It will go on in another form, which will be the film, and beyond that we want to keep the world going,” he said. “In other words, the story of Small Heath and the Shelby family will continue on. I want to keep it going until… whenever.”
Until we have further news about the Peaky movie and potential other future projects, we’ll have to content ourselves with getting excited about the upcoming sixth season of the show.
Executive producer Caryn Mandabach has promised that season six of Peaky Blinders will “be the best one yet”, adding: “Steve’s uncanny ability to be prescient about world events is only matched by his ability to make Tommy Shelby the most indelible character of our times”.
Ada Shelby actress Sophie Rundle has also dropped some hints about what we can expect from the final season, teasing that Ada is “cooler than ever” and adding that season six will be “all guns blazing” and “really rock and roll”.
The star also praised Knight’s writing, saying that he “knows what he’s doing”.
“I’m endlessly delighted by Steve Knight’s writing,” she said. “I think it’s really brilliant and bold. I’ll leave it up to him.”