Idris Elba is one of the many stars linked to the role of James Bond, as speculation continues over who will replace Daniel Craig when he leaves the franchise.
And the actor, 45, seems to be back in the running for the coveted 007 role after Bond's producer, Barbara Broccoli, said it's time & # 39; that a non-white protagonist plays the character.
Speaking to American filmmaker Antoine Fuqua on Thursday about who could take on the role, he said that "it will eventually happen & # 39; and Idris is a clear favorite.
Favourite? Idris Elba was linked to the role of James Bond AGAIN, as the producer admitted that it is time for a non-white actor to play 007 & # 39; on Thursday (pictured in December 2017)
There has been a lot of speculation around the role, and Idris first revealed himself as a favorite in 2014 when the leaked emails suggested he should be chosen.
In the correspondence, which was released during Sony's massive hack that year, then-studio co-chair Amy Pascal told a colleague: "Idris should be the next Bond."
But the actor has denied the claims on several occasions, and has also said that it is time for a woman to assume the role.
In January, the Luthor star said producers should "do something different" with the paper and have a black or white actress take the place of the spy franchise.
Iconic role: speculation continues over who will replace Daniel Craig after he leaves the franchise (pictured at Casino Royale in 2006)
Speaking to Vanity Fair, she said: "It could be a woman, it could be a black woman, it could be a white woman," she said. Do something different with that. Why not? & # 39;
Several actresses have been chosen to play the role of Bond in the past, and X Files star Gillian Anderson has been derived to the forefront of speculation after a fan tweeted a convincing poster of her as Bond in 2016.
Other actors whose names have been suggested to assume the role of 007 include McMafia star James Norton, Tom Hardy and Aidan Turner of Poldark.
It was recently confirmed that Daniel will return to his role in 007 for the fifth time, in the 25th Bond film, directed by Danny Boyle.
Surprise: Craig will return to the role once again, which will undoubtedly stun the fans, since he declared three years ago that he would "cut his wrists" before returning to play with Bond.
Universal Pictures also won the international distribution rights to the film, which will fall in the UK on October 25, 2019.
Craig's return to the role will undoubtedly stun the fans, as he declared three years ago that he would rather cut his wrists rather than reassume the role.
Michael G Wilson of EON Productions and Barbara Broccoli told Deadline this month: "We are delighted to announce that the exceptionally talented Danny Boyle will direct Daniel Craig in his fifth performance as James Bond in the 25th installment of the franchise.
& # 39; We will start shooting Bond 25 at Pinewood Studios in December with our partners at MGM and we are delighted that Universal is our international distributor. Production in the film, which will land in the USA. UU On November 8, 2019. & # 39;
Speaking in 2015, when asked about the return to paper, Craig told The Guardian: "Now? I prefer … cut my wrists. Not right now. No way. It's okay. I'm about that right now. We're done. All I want to do is move on.
Female Power: In January, Luthor's actor said that producers should "do something different" with the role and have a black or white actress take the place of the spy franchise.