The rumor mill began to turn again about Idris Elba being the next James Bond after director Antoine Fuqua brought up his name in a recent interview about the film. Fuqua said he spoke to the Bond film producer Barbara Broccoli and told her that it was time for an actor of color to play the role.
“Idris could do it if he was in shape,” he told the UK’s The Daily Star. “You need a guy with physically strong presence. Idris has that.”
The internet was hype as this has been anticipated for quite some time, but unfortunately it still may not be happening.
Fuqua’s representative released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter stating that that conversation with Broccoli never took place.
“He never had a conversation with Barbara about the franchise or about any casting. It’s all made up stuff. Not sure how it got started.”
Elba remained quiet about the rumors, but did take to his Twitter today and tweet “Don’t believe the HYPE..”