Daniel Craig puts James Bond future in more doubt as he signs up for Stephen Soderbergh's new thriller Logan Lucky
Daniel Craig has once again fuelled speculation that he will not be returning to play James Bond after he signed up for a key role in Stephen Soderbergh's new thriller Logan Lucky.
The star has played 007 four times, most recently in 2015's Spectre, but has yet to formally commit to another and has now added a role in Soderbergh's new thriller to a planned lead role in Purity, a new TV series based on Jonathan Franzen's best-selling novel.
Logan Lucky, which is a thriller about brothers who plan a crime during a NASCAR race in Charlotte, will go into production in the autumn. Channing Tatum, Michael Shannon, Katherine Heigl, Adam Driver, Riley Keough and Seth MacFarlane are also booked to star in the thriller.
Last week, according to the Daily Mail, Craig told 007 producers that he will not return for a fifth movie, despite being offered a reported £68 million to stay.
A source told the paper: "Daniel is done - pure and simple - he told top brass at MGM after Spectre. They threw huge amounts of money at him, but it just wasn't what he wanted. He had told people after shooting that this would be his final outing, but the film company still felt he could come around after Spectre if he was offered a money deal."
Tom Hiddleston had emerged as the favourite to take over the role from Craig, to the extent that bookmakers have stopped taking bets on him becoming 007, but new reports this week have also revealed that Jamie Bell, star of Billy Elliot and Fantastic Four, has met with producer Barbara Broccoli to discuss the role.
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