Idris Elba will star in a new thriller series at Apple TV+ titled “Hijack.”  The streaming service said in a press release Thursday that the 49-year-old Elba will star in and executive produce the series, which is written by Lupin creator George Kay and directed by Jim Field Smith. Kay and Smith will serve as executive producers with Elba, Jamie Laurenson, Hakan Kousetta and Kris Thykier.

Hijack follows the journey of a hijacked plane as it makes its way to London over a seven hour flight, and authorities on the ground scramble for answers. Elba will play Sam Nelson, an accomplished negotiator in the business world who needs to step up and use all his guile to try and save the lives of the passengers — but, his high-risk strategy could be his undoing.

Hijack is the first project to emerge from Elba’s first-look deal with Apple TV+ and will consist of seven episodes.

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