Last year it was announced that Idris Elba would be returning to his iconic role as the titular detective in BBC's Luther, and now the wait is almost over. Arriving almost three years since the last season, which aired in December 2015, the fifth go-round for the show is due to air in the U.K. just before Christmas, while BBC America will be airing it early next year. Ahead of its release, BBC has shared the dramatic first trailer, which shows Elba's John Luther playing dirty.

Elba teased some details of the season earlier this year when he spoke to Metro, explaining, "All I can say is we know how long the fanbase wait for the show, and we’re never taking that lightly. So as much as we have to keep one eye on how do we not do what we’ve done before, at the same time saying to the audience ‘this is Luther,' so you recognize the traits. ... I’m very excited about the season, it feels very similar to what we’ve seen but it takes a few turns. Luther is still the character we love to hate."

As Deadline reports, Luther will be joined by a new recruit called Catherine Halliday, played by Wunmi Mosaku. As to be expected with the show, Luther promises to follow Elba's character as he bends the rules in his favor to help solve some grisly murders. The new batch will feature four episodes, and Elba has promised it's "not the end" for the series, as he told Empire earlier this year.

In other Idris Elba related news, a $1,100 action figure of him caught attention online when fans were highly critical of its face, which looked nothing like the actor, who was recently crowned the Sexiest Man Alive by People.