Netflix's 'Turn Up Charlie': Release date, cast, plot and everything you need to know about Idris Elba's upcoming comedy

Idris Elba is all set to play a struggling DJ who gets an unexpected second chance in the most unexpected way


                            Netflix's 'Turn Up Charlie': Release date, cast, plot and everything you need to know about Idris Elba's upcoming comedy

The 'Luther' star is set to take on a refreshing comedic role as a "manny" in Netflix's upcoming comedy 'Turn Up Charlie,' and what we know for sure is that it is going to be lit. The official trailer dropped recently and runs almost parallel to Idris Elba's real life except for the fact that the "sexiest man alive," is actually a famous DJ IRL as opposed to his on-screen character, Charlie, who is a struggling one. It should be interesting to see the 46-year-old actor trade his macho roles for that of a "manny" trying to tame a Hollywood brat.

Here's everything you need to know about the highly anticipated sit-com.

The story

The trailer tells us Charlie used to be a rather successful DJ, dropping track records and popular with the women, but there's a sudden twist of fate and he cannot even afford the electricity bill. His second chance comes in the guise of his movie star best friend, David, who is married to a world-class DJ, Sara, who is set to drop the "song of the summer."

When Charlie is contacted by them, he assumes he is called to work alongside, but that is not the case. Charlie is shook to find his famous friend wants him to babysit his problem child, Gabby, because the famous parents are ever-so-busy and don't want their young daughter to be looked after by a stranger.

"Do you know how long it takes for me to get a nanny to quit?" Gabby questions, or rather threatens Charlie, making it clear she's not going to spare Charlie any peace of mind. However, the trailer proves that they warm up toward each other eventually and Charlie does get the much-needed break he seeks, a collaboration with Sara.

The official synopsis of the show reads: "Struggling DJ and eternal bachelor Charlie is given a final chance at success when he reluctantly becomes a manny to his famous best friend's problem-child daughter, Gabby."

So, there is definitely something fun to look forward to because one thing we know for sure is that Elba will be playing a satirical version of himself, as he is no stranger to making women swoon while also serving as a famous DJ, going by the moniker DJ Big Driis, who played at Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Royal Wedding.

The cast

Frankie Hervey as Gabby and Idris Elba as Charlie in 'Turn Up Charlie' (Source: IMDb)
Frankie Hervey as Gabby and Idris Elba as Charlie in 'Turn Up Charlie' (Source: IMDb)

Alongside Elba, newcomer Frankie Hervey plays Gabby in her first acting role. The Golden Globe-nominated Piper Perabo plays superstar DJ Sara, while JJ Feild plays her movie star husband, David. The trailer shows a cameo of singer-songwriter Craig David (who has regularly DJed with Elba in the past), who talks to him thinking he's with Sara, but leaves in embarrassment when Gabby tells him he is her nanny. 

Other cast members include Angela Griffin, Guz Khan, Jocelyn Jee Esien, Jade Anouka, Cameron King, and Dustin Demri-Burns.

The basics

The series consists of eight episodes, each about 30 minutes long. The series is co-created by Elba and Gary Reich alongside Tristram Shapeero, the director behind series like 'French and Saunders' and 'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.' Matt Lipsey also served as the director and his credits include hits like 'Catterick,' 'Saxondale,' and 'Psychoville.' Elba's comedy will be available to stream on Netflix from March 15.

Interesting fact

'Turn Up Charlie' was written by Georgia Lester, the force behind 'Skins' and Laura Neal, who recently wrote Netflix hit, 'Sex Education.'