Next James Bond Film Gets a Release Date -- But Who Will Play the Iconic Superspy?
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James Bond is set to make his return to theaters, but fans will have to wait more than a year for the big release.
MGM and EON Productions announced on Monday that the 25th instalment of the film franchise will hit U.S. theaters on Nov. 8, 2019.
The movie will be penned by Robert Wade and Neal Purvis, who also worked on Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall. A director and cast have yet to be announced, which leaves fans with the all-important question: who might fill the iconic spy’s shoes if Daniel Craig doesn’t return?
While Idris Elba was rumored to be in talks for the role, he squashed speculation last year. “If it was to happen it would be the will of the nation because there's been no talks [between] me and the studio," he told Good Morning America.
"If I'm really honest, I think I'm too old for that," he added. "I can't be running around in cars and ladies and martinis, who wants to do that? Sounds terrible."
Charlie Hunnam also shrugged off rumors of his involvement in May, telling Late Night With Conan O’Brien that he had not heard from the filmmakers.
Another Brit hunk, Tom Hiddleston, discussed the role with ET in 2015. “I think any British actor that gets a phone call that says, 'Would you like to play James Bond?' There's no more enticing question than that.” A few months later, Hiddleston added that he had not been asked or approached about the role.
Chris Hemsworth, meanwhile, threw Charlize Theron’s name into the ring, saying she should be cast as the new Bond during an interview with W magazine. In the Aussie hunk’s opinion, Theron would be perfect for the role “because she scares the hell out of me.”
When ET recently caught up with Theron in Berlin, Germany, she said Hemsworth’s comment was “flattering,” but she’s currently focusing on her latest film,Atomic Blonde.
However, one stunning actress who would jump at the role isQuantico star Priyanka Chopra. The Bollywood beauty told Complex magazine that she’s frequently told she would make a great Bond girl. "I get that all the time,” she said. “But f**k that. I wanna be Bond!"
As for who might direct the next film, Christopher Nolan recently told Playboythat he “deeply” loves the character and would consider taking the reins if the franchise was in need of a revival.
ET checked in with Nolan on July 18 at the Dunkirk premiere in New York City, where he said he wasn’t currently involved with the upcoming film.
“I love the character and maybe one day, but it's not on the cards right now,” he said, before adding, “But you never know.”
See what else Theron had to say about the movies below.