Peaky Blinders Boss: 'It's Tempting To Cast Hollywood Stars Like Samuel L Jackson'

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If you assumed that all that talk of a Peaky Blinders musical was just a crazy rumour, then we've got a surprise for you.

It might seem like a mad idea, but series creator Steven Knight has confirmed to Digital Spy that a West End show based on the grimy but gorgeous BBC series really is happening.

"We were approached by people who said they thought it would make a great musical... so who would not want to do that?" Knight said.

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"I'm taking it seriously. But I've got to get series five [of the TV series] out of the way [first]."

With the fourth series of Peaky Blinders landing on BBC Two next week, it sounds like the musical might still be a few years off. But Knight is already seriously enthused about the prospect.

"It's not something I've ever done. I can't pretend I ever go to musicals - because I don't - but I understand that it's a very precise, specific and incredibly difficult thing to pull off. It's a challenge, so why not give it a go?"

He's already written a story that he thinks will work, "because music has always been important in Peaky, So I think it'll be a natural fit."

Peaky Blinders, Series 4 ©  BBC

Knight insists that the musical would be very much of a piece with the TV show. "It's just in the early stages, but it would be taking the industry and the clothes and the look and the swagger, and putting it on stage."

But when the show does eventually make it to the West End, don't expect any of the cast of the TV series - Cillian Murphy et al - to carry over.

"I've heard about it, but that's not for me," Murphy laughed when asked about the musical. "I'll pass on that one!"

His co-star Paul Anderson (Arthur Shelby) had a similar stance. "I think it'd be better if they do a recast! I don't think they should use anybody from the TV show. But I'd definitely go and see it!"

Peaky Blinders returns to BBC Two for its fourth series on Wednesday, November 15 at 9pm.


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