The Fantastic Four star Jamie Bell is reportedly in discussion with James Bond producer about replacing Daniel Craig as 007 agent in the franchise. Jamie Bell is currently working with Barbara Broccoli on his next movie ‘Film Stars Don’t Die’ and has impressed the Barbara Broccoli with his work on that and in his previous films. The casting report comes after Daniel Craig was rumoured to turn down a lucrative deal to reprise his role and serve as a co-producer for the next two films.

“Barbara has been a fan of Jamie for a long time and has even thought about him playing another role in the franchise before. Everyone remembers Jamie as the little boy in ‘Billy Elliot’, but he’s now bulked up and got some serious roles under his belt,” a source told The Sun newspaper.

While the next 007 adventure isn’t moving forward at this time, Daniel Craig seems to be taking on more and more work, with the site reporting he just signed on to star in Steven Soderbergh’s heist film Logan Lucky, along with Katherine Heigl and previously-confirmed stars Channing Tatum, Seth MacFarlane, Riley Keough and Adam Driver. While we don’t know who Daniel Craig is playing, the story centers on a massive heist that goes down during a NASCAR race in Charlotte, North Carolina. Production is scheduled to begin this fall.

As is the case when things like this happen, casting suggestions have been volleyed from every corner of the Internet, with such non-Craig possibilities as Idris Elba and even Gillian Anderson getting their fair share of attention. So far, the most solid option seems to be Tom Hiddleston, especially following his recent turn in the spy-thriller The Night Manager, but now a new contestant has entered the ring, and it is an unlikely one a that, with Fantastic Four star Jamie Bell confirmed to have spoken to Bond producers.

Jamie Bell has been talking to James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli and may be a shock choice to replace Daniel Craig as 007.

Jamie Bell is perhaps best known for his starring role in the crowdpleaser Billy Elliot from 2000, but since then he has had starring or co-starring roles in several films, such as Doug Liman’s Jumper, the animated The Adventures of Tintin, and Joon-ho Bong’s Snowpiercer alongside Chris Evans. Bell was most recently in last year’s ill-fated Fantastic Four film and is currently starring in season 3 of AMC’s Turn. 

Bell is far from the most intuitive choice. He’s not quite a movie star, nor is he particularly established either as a leading man or in the action-adventure genre. Should Bell play the part, he would tie George Lazenby as the youngest 007 ever; Sean Connery was 32 when he started, while Craig was 38. Hiddleston, the other would-be Bond, is 35; should either he or Bell be cast, they could conceivably play the role for a long time.

He is not the only one linked to the Spectre sequel. Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston are among fans’ favourites while Gillian Anderson is campaigning to be the first female 00 agent and Priyanka Chopra is joking about wanting the role.

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