Idris Elba reportedly in talks for next James Bond film
But there's a catch...
An industry insider has claimed that “Idris has had informal talks with the studio and he has been told there is a role in the next Bond film for him, if he wants it."
However, the rumour is that “he won’t be the title character" and since "they do recognise the amount of pull and respect he commands [...] they want to work with him on a completely original character for the next instalment.
“It is still very early days for the conversations but, so far, it looks like it would be the role of a villain.”
To be fair, if we can't have Elba as the man himself, we would be well up for this. You only have to have seen his powerful, often raged-filled moments in the likes of Luther, Beast of No Nation and even Hobbs & Shaw (yes, really) - to realise it would be a great shout.
Speaking of Luther, the 49-year-old is currently shooting the feature-length film version of the hit BBC crime drama right here in the UK. Elba confirmed that production started earlier this month, with Cynthia Erivo and Andy Serkis also starring.
Regardless, at present Idris Elba is still 10/1 to become the next James Bond, with Tom Hardy still a firm favourite sitting at 10/3. As for Henry Cavill, who is said to be pushing harder than ever for the role, he's looking at the same odds as Elba.
To be honest, we'd be pretty happy with any of them.
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