Idris Elba Reportedly Still In Running For James Bond

Idris Elba Reportedly Still In Running For James Bond

On Friday, the United Kingdom publication The Daily Star tabloid published an article claiming that director Antoine Fuqua reportedly said Bond series producer Barbara Broccoli thinks "it is time" for a black actor to star in the franchise. (Current star Daniel Craig is 50.) This January, Elba suggested the Bond role could one day be played by a woman.

In a Daily Star article, director Antoine Fuqua is said to have a conversation with the Bond producer about potentially recasting Bond with a non-white actor. It seems evident that there's a hope to see the actor as 007 and lead the film franchise in the post-Craig-as-Bond era, but there's no guarantee.

Elba has been a favourite to replace Daniel Craig since talk of him taking over the role began in 2014, after leaked documents from the Sony hack revealed co-chair of the company Amy Pascal put him forward.

"Idris could do it if he was in shape", Fuqua was quoted as saying.

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Elba also plays the title role in British crime drama Luther, voiced Chief Bogo in Zootopia, plays Heimdall in the Marvel movies, and famously cancelled the apocalypse in 2013's Pacific Rim. You need a guy with a physically strong presence.

Tom Hardy had been mentioned, as had Michael Fassbender and Tom Hiddleston, but Elba remains the most popular choice, even if his inclusion on the shortlist is considered controversial by some people. Since, however, inclinations that Elba might be the first non-white Bond have subsided, until recently. "Idris has that", the director added.

"Are we interested in having a Bond character other than being a male?"

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