British actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson is reportedly pitted as the frontrunner to take Daniel Craig‘s place as the new 007.
A source told Puck Newsthat Taylor-Johnson, 32, has reached a major step in the lengthy process of auditions for James Bond, having already filmed a “gun barrel teaser” scene as the famous spy.
The source also claims Taylor-Johnson sat down with producer Barbara Broccoli, commenting that the meeting went “very well”.
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Taylor-Johnson is known for his roles in films including the Kick-Ass movies, Nocturnal Animals and most recently, Bullet Train, where he starred alongside Brad Pitt and Joey King.
He is also married to 50 Shades of Grey director Samantha Taylor-Johnson, 55. The pair married in 2012.
Details of Taylor-Johnson possibly bagging the coveted role have emerged over the last month, with The Sun reporting in December 2022 that the actor had gone for a screen test for the role in September.
“Aaron went for a screen test to be the next Bond in September and producers and Barbara loved him. He is now one of the front-runners,” a source told the publication.
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The source added, “Bosses at the brand were really impressed with his unique blend of acting intensity and his impressive back catalogue of action films.'”
Other actors who have reportedly been considered for the role include Henry Cavill, Tom Hardy and Bridgerton actor Regé Jean-Page
The news follows reports that celebrated actor Idris Elba “walked away” from the role of 007, despite “years of talks” with producers.
In August, The Sun reported Elba gave up the chance to play Bond, despite being a crowd-favourite, so he could pursue other roles.
“Fans and Barbara wanted Idris but he wants to create something for himself,” a source told The Sun.
“However, he’s put forward names to play 007. He’s ‘informally’ in the decision-making process as he’s been in talks with producers for so long,” they added.
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