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With Daniel Craig all signed up for a November 2019 release date marked on the calendar, all that the 25th film now needs is an actual director. And according to reports, 007 may have found his man.
The Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye has claimed that Craig has set his sights on Denis Villeneuve for the in-demand gig, communicating with Bond producers Barbra Broccoli and Michael G Wilson that Villeneuve is his favourite on the list for potential directors.
Villeneuve has emerged as one of Hollywood’s most genre-diverse and dependable directors in recent years, responsible for the drug cartel thriller Sicario, mystery thriller Prisoners and last year’s sleeper hit Arrival. He’s also responsible for the highly-anticipated sequel Blade Runner 2049 which hits cinemas in the coming weeks.
This isn’t the first time Villeneuve has been mentioned as a frontrunner for the Bond 25 gig, with a July report in Deadline claiming that he was one of the top candidates for the job.
The article mentioned that more glitzy names like Christopher Nolan and Edgar Wright were highly unlikely, and that Villeneuve was fighting itmout with Scotsman David Mackenzie (of Hell or High water fame) and the French director Yann Demange, who has been responsible for the Belfast drama and the forthcoming drug informant thriller White Boy Rick.
Since the news of Craig’s return to the Bond franchise was announced by the man himself in August, the film has been the subject of much speculation, with one report claiming that the movie will see Bond retiring form MI6 and marrying.