In the months leading up to the release of last year's James Bond adventure Spectre, franchise star Daniel Craig made more than this fair share of disparaging remarks about both the franchise itself and the title character, 007. It seemed clear from many industry observers that Spectre would be Daniel Craig's last James Bond movie, although nothing has been set in stone quite yet. While we wait for the official announcement, it seems another actor has thrown his hat in the ring as a possible replacement, Fantastic Four star Jamie Bell.
Deadline reports that Jamie Bell has been in discussions about the role with producer Barbara Broccoli, one of the longtime 007 producers alongside Michael G. Wilson, who is also producing Jamie Bell's new project Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool. Nothing is confirmed, and this report reveals that there isn't even a working script for James Bond 25 yet. It also isn't known if Sam Mendes, who directed Skyfall and Spectre, will be back to take the helm.
While the next 007 adventure ins't moving forward at this time, Daniel Craig seems to be taking on more and more work, with the site reporting he just signed on to star in Steven Soderbergh's heist film Logan Lucky, along with Katherine Heigl and previously-confirmed stars Channing Tatum, Seth MacFarlane, Riley Keough and Adam Driver. While we don't know who Daniel Craig is playing, the story centers on a massive heist that goes down during a NASCAR race in Charlotte, North Carolina. Production is scheduled to begin this fall.
Daniel Craig has also signed on for his first ever U.S. TV series entitled Purity, which is eyeing a two-season 20-episode order at Showtime. The show is based on the novel by Jonathan Franzen, following a young activist named Purity who embarks on a quest to find her real father. It isn't known when production will begin on this series, but, with Logan Lucky and Purity already in the works, it seems almost certain that a new Bond will be announced at some point.
As for Jamie Bell, he is coming off the 20th Century Fox superhero reboot Fantastic Four, and he also stars in AMC's hit TV series Turn: Washington's Spies. We reported earlier this month that, despite underperforming at the box office, 20th Century Fox may still move forward with a Fantastic Four sequel with the same cast, which also includes Miles Teller (Mr. Fantastic), Michael B. Jordan (The Human Torch) and Kate Mara (The Invisible Woman). We'll keep you posted with more updates on the new James Bond movie, and who may be replacing Daniel Craig.