Idris Elba is narrating and executive producing the National Geographic series “The Color of Victory: Heroes of WW2” [working title]. The new series is about people of color who fought during World War Two.
According to Deadline, produced by October Films and Elba’s Green Door Pictures, The Color of Victory: Heroes of WW2 [working title] will see the Luther star focus on three unsung heroes per episode who have previously not been given the spotlight via premium dramatization, character portraits and archive. Elba, whose grandfather served in World War Two, will highlight roles played in Dunkirk, Pearl Harbor and D-Day, as he reveals how the war experiences of people of color directly inspired post-war movements for freedom that swept the globe.
Nat Geo’s Tom McDonald revealed to Deadline that he pitched the show to Idris by showing him some photos from World War Two and asking him:
“What do you think is missing from these pictures? The answer of course was people of color and I realized I didn’t know any stories about them from World War Two. So this felt like a genuinely fresh and original way into a perennial subject.”
A release date for The Color of Victory: Heroes of WW2 has not been announced yet.