Earlier this week rumors sparked up about Idris Elba reportedly being the frontrunner to replace Daniel Craig as the next 007 film. Director Antoine Fuqua (The Magnificent Seven, The Equalizer 2) supposedly talked to James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, who told him that “it is time” for a non-white actor to play the iconic and impeccably-dressed character. But, that conversation never happened.
A rep for Fuqua threw cold water on the story. “He never had a conversation with Barbara about the franchise or about any casting. It’s all made up stuff. Not sure how it got started,” the rep told The Hollywood Reporter. A rep for Elba declined comment, but a knowledgeable source says no one from Elba’s team is aware of any overtures. (Via)
So for now we just have to look forward to Bond 25, with Craig and director Danny Boyle, and the Elba-starring in Turn Up Charlie and Hobbs & Shaw. It was also announced on Friday that The Wire star will headline Ghetto Cowboy, an indie that follows “15-year-old Cole, who is forced to live with his estranged father, Harp (Elba), in north Philadelphia where, despite the surrounding poverty and violence, he discovers the redemptive world of urban horseback riding.” So everyone can calm their horses, Elba-as-Bond, James Bond isn’t happening anytime soon.
(Via The Hollywood Reporter)