'Turn Up Charlie' on Netflix: A Hollywood brat and a DJ aspiring for success make for a hilarious premise

Beware the Ides of March, you will be seeing Idris Elba in an all new avatar in 'Turn Up Charlie,' and that may keep you Lolling!


                            'Turn Up Charlie' on Netflix: A Hollywood brat and a DJ aspiring for success make for a hilarious premise

Idris Elba is a comedic mess in Netflix's upcoming sitcom 'Turn Up Charlie,' and it only gets better when you realize the show offers you this never-seen-before avatar of a serious genius cop 'Luther,' and a drug kingpin in 'The Wire.' While we wait to see the 'World's Sexiest Man,' play the role of a "manny" to a Hollywood brat, here's everything you need to know about 'Turn Up Charlie.'

First of all, let's get the premise sorted. The official synopsis 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."

The only familiarity that can be drawn from the character description is that Elba plays the DJ and it is not unknown to his fans that he is a DJ in real-life, going by the moniker DJ Big Driis. However, for Charlie, he aspires to be someone like DJ Big Driis, and the only way he will be getting that big break is by moonlighting as a "manny." What a toughie! Added to that, Gabby will not be an easy child to handle, and the question is if she will hinder his prospects at getting that big music break.

Here's the cast:

Elba, besides taking the lead role of manny Charlie, is also the co-creator of the series and serves as one of its executive producers.

Actor Idris Elba attends the 'One Million Young Lives' dinner at Buckingham Palace on December 14, 2017 in London, England.
Actor Idris Elba attends the 'One Million Young Lives' dinner at Buckingham Palace on December 14, 2017 in London, England.

Charlie's famous friend David, is played by JJ Field, who you may have seen in 'Captain America: The First Avenger,' 'and 'TURN: Washington’s Spies.' David is a Hollywood celebrity, originally hailing from North London. As he moves back to his home town, troubles start to unfurl and that is when he needs Charlie.

Actor JJ Field attends the City Harvest's 23rd Annual Evening Of Practical Magic at Cipriani 42nd Street on April 25, 2017 in New York City.
Actor JJ Field attends the City Harvest's 23rd Annual Evening Of Practical Magic at Cipriani 42nd Street on April 25, 2017 in New York City.

David's wife, is an equally successful superstar DJ, Sara, a feminist icon and trendsetter. She has decided to leave the glitz and glamour of Hollywood to give a more stable life to their daughter. Sara is played by Piper Perabo, best known for her work on 'Coyote Ugly', 'The Prestige,' and 'Covert Affairs.'

Piper Perabo attends 'Top Of The Lake China Girl' Premiere at Walter Reade Theater on September 7, 2017 in New York City.
Piper Perabo attends 'Top Of The Lake China Girl' Premiere at Walter Reade Theater on September 7, 2017 in New York City.

Their daughter, Gabrielle is played by newcomer Frankie Hervey. Gabby, as she is nicknamed, is described to be getting into regular mischief and testing the sanity of her nannies in a bid to get the attention of her overworked parents.

Frankie Hervey and Idris Elba (IMDb)
Frankie Hervey and Idris Elba (IMDb)

Other cast members include Angela Griffin, Guz Khan, Jocelyn Jee Esein, Jade Anouka, Cameron King and Dustin Demri-Burns. The series is co-created by Elba and Gary Reich, and co-produced as well, alongside director Tristram Shapeero, the man behind series such as 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', 'French and Saunders, ' and 'The Good Place.'

The series consists eight episodes and each is 30 minutes long. Mark your calendars to laugh your heart out on March 15 on Netflix. Beware it's the Ides of March so spare yourself some good laughs!