Actor Taron Egerton is dismissing rumors that he may be selected to play James Bond in the upcoming remake of the classic spy films. In a recent interview with Total Film, he claimed he’s not the “right person” for the job.
“I think they’ve already got someone, and it’s not me,” he declared forthrightly.
“I’ve never been a part of the conversations. I’ve never met the Broccolis. They’ve never enquired about me. I’ve just never been one of the guys that they’re looking at. I just don’t think I’m the right person for that. I think there’s much, much, much better candidates for that role than me.”
Barbara Broccoli and her half-brother Michael G. Wilson are producers of the Bond franchise through Eon Productions. Meanwhile, Wilson told interviewers that no decision had yet been made on who to cast in the iconic role, saying only that it would not be a younger actor because the Bond character needed to be a “veteran” and not “some kid out of high school.
The latest Bond role had been played by Daniel Craig, who most recently had appeared in No Time to Die. His retirement opened much speculation about how the Bond franchise might be “reinvented.” One potential choice, Idris Elba, has also dispelled rumors about replacing Craig in the role that had been originated by Sean Connery in the 1960s. Dwayne Johnson has also been mentioned for the part, but it’s been reported that co-producer Barbara Broccoli thinks he’s not “British” enough. Other actors who seem to be possible candidates include Henry Cavill and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
Taron Egerton is known for his sterling performances in the Kingsman franchise, and is currently promoting his role in Black Bird, a series for Apple TV.
As of press time, it’s unclear when production will begin on the next installment in the Bond franchise.
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