Luther star Idris will co-star and serve as an executive producer in the new six-part series to air on Sky Atlantic.
Academy Award winner John Ridley (the man behind American Crime and 12 Years a Slave) will write, direct and executive produce.
Guerrilla is billed as a love story, following a politically active couple whose relationship and values are tested when they liberate a political prisoner and form a radical underground cell in 1970s London.
Idris said: "It's been a long-time desire of mine to collaborate with Mr Ridley and his work here is nothing short of a masterclass in character building and storytelling. TV is in for a treat."
John Ridley added: "I am both humbled by and impressed with Idris' passion towards bringing this story to life."
It's been a busy time for Idris, who recently lended his voice to animations Zootropolis and live action movie The Jungle Book. Idris also plays the lead in new action thriller Bastille Day coming out later this month.
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