Tom Hardy has reportedly been cast to replace Daniel Craig as the next James Bond.
Although it has not been officially confirmed, after auditioning back in June, The Vulcan Reporter claims Hardy has been locked into the role. The site said that an official announcement confirming he will play James Bond after No Time To Die was due to come in November.
However, the announcement could be postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Hardy is one of a number of actors previously rumoured to be playing the next Bond, including Tom Hiddleston, Idris Elba, and Richard Madden, among others. Pierce Brosnan, who played Bond between 1994 and 2005, told the Daily Mail back in 2018 that he believed that Hardy might play the British spy well.
He said, “Daniel Craig has been an incredible Bond. He’s very physical, he looks lethal. You genuinely believe this is someone who could kill a man,”
“He’s complained about doing the part because he’s put himself through a lot physically, but he will do the next movie, and then I think Tom Hardy could be a good Bond.”
“I’d be happy to see him do it. You need an actor who can put a bit of wiggle into it, that’s what makes Bond.”
After No Time To Die, the next Bond will move in, which finds 007 after he has left active service and is living a calm life in Jamaica. However, his life full of leisure turns upside down when his old friend Felix Leiter, a CIA official comes to him for help.
The movie is due to be released in UK cinemas on November 12, after it was pushed from its original release date in April because of the global pandemic.