Idris Elba is reportedly in talks again to star in the James Bond films.
The 49-year-old actor was confirmed earlier this year by 61-year-old producer of the blockbuster franchise, Barbara Broccoli, as “part of the conversation” to become the next 007.
He had previously ditched the idea of playing the spy and discussed the idea of playing a villain instead, but is being reconsidered after scoring highly in market research, according to The Sun.
New role? Idris Elba, 49, is reportedly in talks again to star in the James Bond films (pictured in October)
A source told the publication: “Idris has long been in talks to play a part in the next era of the James Bond story and was considered for an antagonist role last year.
However, the talks about him as the lead actor started again when producers realized how popular he would be after a secret market research.
He scored highly in the diverse group of movie buffs invited to participate.
Not anymore: Idris was one of the favorites to take on the role of James Bond now that Daniel Craig has stepped down (pictured in No Time To Die)
“They didn’t want to see him as a nemesis—they wanted him to be the hero.”
MailOnline has reached out to an Idris representative for comment.
It comes after James Bond producer Barbara admitted it will take a long time to pick Daniel Craig’s 007 replacement.
The filmmaker insisted it’s not as simple as choosing an actor to take on the iconic role of the friendly spy.
Speaking to Variety, Barbara said, “It’s a big decision.
“It’s not just casting a role. It’s about a whole rethinking of where we’re going.’
Confirmed: Idris was confirmed as ‘part of the conversation’ to be the next 007 earlier this year by blockbuster franchise producer Barbara Broccoli, 61 (photo 2019)
Earlier this year, the blockbuster franchise’s producer confirmed that Idris Elba was “part of the conversation” to become the next 007.
Idris has long been mooted as a possible successor to Daniel, and Barbara is aware that the Luther actor would be a popular choice for the iconic role.
She told Deadline’s Crew Call podcast, “Well, we know Idris, we’re friends with him, and he’s a great actor. And, you know, it’s been part of the conversation, but it’s always hard to have the conversation when there’s someone in the chair.”
Barbara added that the Bond bosses are in no rush to name the actor as they want the cast and crew to enjoy Craig’s latest film, No Time To Die.
She said: “I think we’ve decided that until No Time To Die has reached its peak and Daniel has been able to – well, we’ve all been able to enjoy, reap the benefits of Daniel’s wonderful tenure, we don’t plan to.” be to think of, or talk about, someone else.’
It was previously reported that Idris was in “early” talks to play a Bond villain.
A source told The Sun: “Idris has had informal talks with the studio and has been told there is a role for him in the next Bond film if he wants it.
“He won’t be the title character, but they recognize the amount of attraction and respect he commands, and they want to work with him on a completely original character for the next installment.
“It’s still very early for the talks, but so far it looks like it’s going to be the role of a villain.”
Other names associated with the role of the MI-6 agent include Henry Cavill, Tom Hardy and Richard Madden.
Could it be them? Bond bosses are looking for a replacement, like Tom Hiddleston [R] and Idris Elba [L] tipped to play next 007
Bodyguard: Richard Madden has also been suggested for the role