Idris Elba may be the next man to play James Bond, as revealed by famed director, Antoine Fuqua.
Idris Elba’s filmography proves that he can play any role he damn well wants to. Whether it’s a tortured detective in Luther, an all-seeing demi-god, Heimdall, in Thor series, or even portraying Nelson Mandela in Long Walk to Freedom, Elba is one of Hollywood’s hottest commodity. And now, it appears a turn as James Bond is in Elba’s future.
Fuqua detailed a conversation he had with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli at the launch of his new business venture, SoundFi, and said Broccoli felt that the time had come for an actor of an ethnic background to play the legendary spy and felt that it was not an “if” but a “when.” Broccoli, via Fuqua, said:
“It is time….it will happen eventually.”
Fuqua went further and hinted that Elba was being considered for the role and if Elba could get into Bond-esque shape, then there’d be nothing stopping him from playing the part:
“Idris could do it if he was in shape. You need a guy with physically strong presence. Idris has that.”
There has been a bonafide grassroots movement to get Elba a role as Bond. And after years of fan demand, it appears that Elba may finally have to start ordering his martini’s shaken, not stirred.
James Bond 25 will be directed by Danny Boyle and was written by John Hodge. Daniel Craig will reprise his role as 007 and Helena Bonham Carter is reportedly being eyed to play the villain. Bond 25 is being produced by Eon Productions with Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson producing. MGM will distribute the film domestically while Universal Pictures will handle international distribution.
Bond 25 is scheduled to be released in North Amercian theaters on November 8, 2019, with a U.K. release scheduled for October 25, 2019.
10 Actors Who Could Play Indiana Jones After Harrison Ford
Indiana Jones is one of the most iconic figures in movies. He has had four big screen cinematic adventures with a fifth one on the horizon currently set for release on July 10, 2020, marking the last time Harrison Ford wears the iconic fedora.
Director Steven Spielberg has already talked about how the next Indiana Jones could be a woman. The reaction to this news was met with the immediate dismissal that normally comes to recasting an iconic character and typically made worse when someone even makes the mere suggestion of race or gender bending a role. A large amount of this backlash comes from the simple fact that to a good portion of fans it is hard to separate Harrison Ford from the part. Just look at how hard it is for audiences to accept Alden Ehrenreich as a young Han Solo.
Yet unlike Han Solo, it shouldn’t be too difficult for people to imagine another Indiana Jones because we’ve already seen other versions of the character. River Phoenix, Corey Carrier and Sean Patrick Flanery have all portrayed younger incarnations of the character and George Hall played a 90-year-old version of the character. There is a precedent for another actor playing Indiana Jones.
It is highly unlikely Disney will let this brand go. The studio could continue the franchise similarly to Star Wars: The Force Awakens or Creed, doing a midquel set between Last Crusade and Crystal Skull or even a reboot of the franchise. The possibilities are endless. But for now, take at look ten performers that Disney and Lucasfilm should consider as next Indiana Jones. Click Next to get started!