Last week, a report surfaced that Tom Hiddleston was in "advanced talks" with Eon Productions to take over the 007 role from Daniel Craig in James Bond 25. That report was never confirmed, but it did reveal that Tom Hiddleston hasn't even received an official offer for the role quite yet, so it may be quite some time before we learn who the new Bond is. Tom Hiddleston himself appeared at a convention over the weekend, where he he essentially shot down those rumors.
Tom Hiddleston appeared at Wizard World Philadelphia this weekend with his Thor: Ragnarok co-star Chris Hemsworth, where the moderator teased that he may be announced as the next James Bond. After the raucous applause died down, Tom Hiddleston broke the bad news to the fans, although he was grateful for their enthusiasm. Here's what he had to say below, courtesy of a YouTube video from the Wizard World panel.
"I'm sorry to disappoint you, everybody. I don't think that announcement is coming, but I am very gratified to hear the enthusiasm. There's not much that I can say, that I haven't already said, but your guess is as good as mine, to be honest."
It still hasn't been 100% confirmed that Daniel Craig won't be returning as 007, but it seems to be a foregone conclusion by now. The actor frequently made disparaging comments about the iconic character, and his longtime friend Mark Strong even recently teased that Daniel Craig is done with the franchise, following last year's Spectre. Daniel Craig portrayed James Bond in four movies, 2006's Casino Royale, 2008's Quantum of Solace, 2012's Skyfall, the first Bond film to gross more than $1 billion worldwide, and last year's Spectre.
It was also recently confirmed that Sam Mendes won't be back to direct the next James Bond movie, after taking the helm for both Skyfall and Spectre. It isn't known if Eon Productions currently has a script in development for James Bond 25, or who may be writing it, but we'll be sure to keep you posted with more on James Bond 25 as soon as more updates are available. In the meantime, take a look at the Wizard World convention video below with both Tom Hiddleston and Chris Hemsworth. Hiddleston is confirmed to reprise his role as Loki in Thor 3, which may be his last turn in a Marfvel movie.