Idris Elba, star of stage and screen both in the United Kingdom and U.S., has had the door opened for him by franchise producer Barbara Broccoli, according to Training Day director Antoine Fuqua.
Once Daniel Craig parks his Aston Martin and sets down his martini glass for good, heartthrob Idris Elba could be the next leading man to take up the role of James Bond if the rumours are to be believed.
The paper quoted Broccoli as saying that "it's time" for a non-white actor to fill the role once Craig completes his final film in the series, which is scheduled for release in 2019.
"Idris could do it if he was in shape". 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.
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Upon hearing that Elba is in the frontrunning to play Bond next, the internet shared their opinions. You need a guy with physically strong presence.
"The 'Idris Elba for James Bond" conversation has been rumbling on for years now - always in speculative terms, with lashings of wish fulfillment, skepticism, and no clear indication from Elba himself that he even wants to take on the legendary spy. Fuqua discussed who might be next in the running with Broccoli, who's certain the progressive move "will happen eventually", with Idris Elba a reported frontrunner for the role.
Twitter user @wordtoJude felt this news was a long time coming - "IVE BEEN ASKING FOR THIS FOR YEARS". Will Elba want to play it as much as everyone else wants him to?
Elba, 45, was rumored to be the next James Bond in 2014 following the hack into Sony Pictures' emails. If that were the case, Elba would be considered a top candidate for the part.