Six Months in a Plane for ‘Hijack’: Idris Elba Calls It ‘Claustrophobic but Exhilarating’

Six Months in a Plane for ‘Hijack’: Idris Elba Calls It ‘Claustrophobic but Exhilarating’

…By Gift BADEWO for TDPel Media.

Acclaimed actor Idris Elba has shared his experiences filming the action sequences for Apple TV+’s new series “Hijack”, describing the process as both “claustrophobic” and “exhilarating”.


In this thriller series, Elba plays Sam Nelson, a corporate negotiator who finds himself in the middle of a plane hijacking.

Filming Experiences: A Test of Endurance and Adaptability

Elba’s role required him to spend an extensive period—six months—in an exact replica of an airplane for the filming of the series.

The challenging set, according to the actor, was designed to mimic the uncomfortable and confined space of a real airplane.


Elba shared his experiences with the PA news agency, describing the shooting conditions as challenging but intriguing, pushing the boundaries of what can be achieved in such a restrictive environment.

Idris Elba attending the world premiere of Apple TV+ series Hijack (Jeff Moore/PA)

The Unconventional Fight Scenes

Elba went on to express that the cramped quarters heightened the thrill of the action sequences.

Despite their inherent discomfort and awkwardness due to the lack of space, Elba took pleasure in the unique challenge these scenes presented.

His comments highlight the commitment he demonstrated to make the series as realistic and captivating as possible.

Idris Elba and his mother Eve Elba (Jeff Moore/PA)

Character Comparisons: Sam Nelson vs. John Luther

When asked about the parallels between his character Sam Nelson in “Hijack” and his renowned character DCI Luther from the “Luther” series, Elba drew a distinction between the two.


While both characters showcase intellectual strength, Elba noted that Luther leaned more on brawn, whereas Nelson employs his brain in tackling the predicament.

Idris Elba and Archie Panjabi (Jeff Moore/PA)

A Journey to Mars

Elba humorously compared his time filming in the cramped airplane set to a lengthy journey to Mars.

The prolonged duration in the confined space was, for the actor, like an endless flight or the equivalent of filming three seasons of a show.

Premiere and Launch

Idris Elba attended the series premiere in London along with co-star Archie Panjabi and his mother, Eve Elba.

The first two episodes of “Hijack” are set to debut on Apple TV+ on June 28, with subsequent episodes to be released every Wednesday until August 2.


In sharing his filming experiences, Idris Elba offers a unique glimpse into the creative and logistical challenges involved in bringing the series “Hijack” to life.

His commitment to portraying the realities of his character’s confined and tense circumstances speaks to his dedication as an actor.

As the series prepares to make its debut, audiences will soon get to experience the result of Elba’s enduring commitment to his craft.

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