We know that the 25th James Bond movie is scheduled to start filming on December 3 for an October 25, 2019 release in the U.K. and November 8, 2019 release in the U.S. Daniel Craig will return as 007 and Academy Award-winning director Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Steve Jobs) will direct from an original screenplay by Academy Award nominee John Hodge (Trainspotting).
But what will happen for the 26th installment and beyond is anyone’s guess. Idris Elba‘s name has come up often in the last few years as someone who would be perfect to replace Daniel Craig after his contract runs out after his fifth film. Now comes word from The Daily Star that James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli may be interested in the Luther star.
The site says that director Antoine Fuqua was talking at the launch of his new business venture SoundFi and mentioned he apparently talked to Broccoli, who feels “‘it is time’ for an ethnic minority actor to star as 007 and she is certain ‘it will happen eventually.'” Fuqua added: “Idris could do it if he was in shape. You need a guy with physically strong presence. Idris has that.”
One should take this all with a grain of salt, as The Daily Star might be twisting Fuqua’s wording, and what the James Bond producer might be feeling, a bit to their liking. But it’s hard to argue against Elba being great for the role.
MGM will release Bond 25 theatrically in the U.S. through its new joint venture for domestic theatrical distribution with Annapurna Pictures, and Universal will release internationally.
In related news, Variety reports that Elba has joined the cast of Ghetto Cowboy, which is Ricky Staub’s feature directorial debut. The movie is based on the award-winning novel by Greg Neri. It follows 15-year-old Cole, who’s forced to live with his estranged father Harp (Elba) in North Philadelphia, where, despite the surrounding poverty and violence, he discovers the redemptive world of urban horseback riding.
Idris Elba will also play the villain in Hobbs and Shaw, in which he will face Dwayne Johnson’s Hobbs and Jason Statham’s Shaw. The Fast & Furious spin-off opens in theaters on August 2, 2019. A fifth installment of BBC One’s Luther is on the way as well.