TV Boss confirms Daniel Craig will return to play James Bond as new series Purity is delayed
Daniel Craig will return as James Bond, Showtime TV boss David Nevins has confirmed.
It was rumoured earlier this week that the star had signed on for two more 007 movies, but Nevins, who has cast Craig in a leading role in his network's new adaptation of Purity, has said the series will be delayed because of the star's commitment to Bond.
He said when asked about Craig's availability: "He’s doing Bond first. I can’t say anything about what I know or don’t know about Bond. That’s not my area. It’s possible [Purity] may not shoot until 2019."
Craig had fuelled rumours he was done as 007 when he signed up for a lead role in Purity, a new TV series based on Jonathan Franzen's best-selling novel.
Adapted by Todd Field and produced by Scott Rudin, who Craig previously worked with on 2012's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Purity follows Pip, a young American woman who does not know who she is.
In search of answers, she meets Andreas, a charismatic German who heads a South America-based organization that traffics in all the secrets of the world. He offers her an internship at the firm in the hope that she can find herself.
The show, which is expected to be a minimum of 20 episodes, was due to go into production later this year, but will now wait for Craig to become available.
Details of the next James Bond movie are expected to be confirmed shortly.
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