With Daniel Craig reportedly out as James Bond for the next film in the franchise, rumors have been swirling over who would be the next actor to play the iconic British secret agent. Some have called for adding diversity to the series by casting someone such as Idris Elba or Gillian Anderson, but recently the most likely candidate seemed to be Tom Hiddleston, better known to many as the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Loki.
Tom Hiddleston has previously said that he was game to play James Bond, and last month rumors surfaced that he was actively in talks for the role of 007. The rumors were bolstered by hints that James Bond 25 might be helmed by Susanne Bier, who directed Hiddleston in The Night Manager. Directors often bring their favorite actors along with them on new projects, so Bier and Hiddleston working together would make sense. Now, however, those hopes seem to be dashed.
Speaking to a panel at Wizard World Philadelphia, as reported by ComicBook.com, Hiddleston addressed the Bond rumors directly. If he is indeed being cast as Bond, he is as of yet unaware of it:
"I'm sorry to disappoint you, everybody. I don't think that announcement is coming. But I'm very gratified to hear the enthusiasm. There's not much that I can say that I haven't already said, but I know... Your guess is as good as mine to be honest."
The actor's comments don't necessarily mean that Hiddleston is entirely out as the next Bond. He could be playing coy, or it could just be that no decision has yet been made. However, Hiddleston's comments certainly put a damper on any premature enthusiasm about him landing the role. There are still at least two more years to go before the next Bond movie is expected to hit theaters, and that gives its producers plenty of time to deliberate and make sure their final decision is the right one.
In the past, the Bond series' producers have not always made casting decisions that fans were expecting. Craig was initially a controversial choice as a result of his having a more rugged look than many of his predecessors. Three movies later, though, and few would argue that he was not up to the task. As he steps down from the role, there is an opportunity for the producers to find another new Bond that might not be the most obvious choice, but will eventually become as iconic in the role as Craig has been. Hiddleston may be too safe a choice with his classic British charm, or he might still end up being exactly the choice the Bond series needs.
James Bond 25 (official title TBA) isn’t expected to reach theaters until 2018 or 2019.