Idris Elba Reportedly Still In Running For James Bond

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During the chat, Broccoli stated "it was time" for a non-white actor to take up the mantle of 007 and that "it will happen eventually", with Fuque even going as far as explicitly tipping his hat towards Idris Elba as the leading candidate for the role. Back in 2014, Sony's then-studio chair Amy Pascal told a colleague that "Idris [Elba] should be the next Bond".

Idris Elba's filmography proves that he can play any role he damn well wants to.

A report in British tabloid The Daily Star suggests actor Idris Elba, who played business-minded drug kingpin Bell in the acclaimed HBO drama The Wire, could be next in line to play James Bond.

But the actor has denied the claims on several occasions, and has also said that it's time for a woman to take on the role instead. "Could be a woman, could be a black woman, could be a white woman, but I think, that character, everybody would like to see it have - do something different with it, why not?"

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James Bond 25 will be directed by Danny Boyle and was written by John Hodge. He's returning as Bond in the as-yet untitled 25th film in the series, set to begin filming late in 2018.

According to multiple reports, Equalizer 2 director Antoine Fuqua recently met with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli and talked about the franchise, presumably because his own name has come up before in connection with directing future instalments.

'We will begin shooting Bond 25 at Pinewood Studios in December with our partners at MGM and thrilled that Universal will be our worldwide distributor.

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