New ‘James Bond’ Movie Coming in 2019, Lead Character Not Confirmed

David Afolayan
Daniel Craig; CNN

A new James Bond film will hit theatres in 2019, but it’s not clear yet who will play the debonair spy in the franchise’s latest movie, CNN is reporting.

This was made known in an announcement by EON Productions, the British production company behind the franchise and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, on Monday. According to them, the new James Bond film will be first released in the United States on November 8, 2019 and ‘traditional earlier release in UK and rest of the world’. Eon and MGM also said that the script would be written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who have teamed up on the screenplays for the last six Bond instalments, starting with “The World Is Not Enough” in 1999.

David Oyelowo, James Bond
British Actor, David Oyelowo reportedly told the Guardian that he has been picked to portray Bond and other characters in the audiobook version of the novel “Trigger Mortis”

The next James Bond movie will be the 25th in the series if you include “Never Say Never Again” which was made by an outside production company in 1983. It will be produced by Eon’s Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli. According to the New York Times, the fact that star actor, Daniel Craig will play James Bond in the anticipated movie is a done deal according to two anonymous sources, although CNN claims the deal has not been officially confirmed.

Recall that Mr Craig expressed a strong desire to move on from the role, which he took over in 2006 with “Casino Royale.” “I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists,” he told a British magazine in October. The possibility of his return is still not in doubt. There had been speculation about who could take his place as 007, with Tom Hiddleston, Aidan Turner, James Norton and Damian Lewis among other big names suggested in different quarters. Call to mind that Hollywood giant,  Steven Spielberg threw his weight behind British actor Idris Elba to be the next James Bond.

MGM in a statement on Monday added that Additional details regarding distribution, including international release dates, the film’s cast and director, will be announced at a later date.

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