James Bond producers open up about the future of the franchise and replacing Daniel Craig
The producers of James Bond have spoken about their plans for the next stage of the franchise.
Speaking to Variety, 007 producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, first confirmed that whoever took over the role from Daniel Craig, they would be a man.
Broccoli said of this: "He can be of any colour, but he is male. I believe we should be creating new characters for women — strong female characters. I’m not particularly interested in taking a male character and having a woman play it. I think women are far more interesting than that."
The pair then confirmed that they were in the early stages of replacing Craig, with Broccoli joking that she was in denial about his departure.
She said: "I’m in total denial. I’ve accepted what Daniel has said, but I’m still in denial. It’s too traumatic for me.”
Wilson added that they would be casting the net wide, adding: "You think of him as being from Britain or the Commonwealth, but Britain is a very diverse place."
No Time To Die is Daniel Craig's final movie as James Bond.
It will see Lashana Lynch, Rami Malek and Ana De Armas join the cast, while Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Leya Seydoux and Jeffrey Wright will be returning to star.
Both Scott Z.Burns and Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge have been named as writers along with director Cary Fukunaga and long-time 007 scribes Robert Wade and Neal Purvis.
Hans Zimmer has now joined the production and will score the film.
The new Bond movie's official synopsis reads as follows:
"Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology..."
No Time To Die will hit cinemas on April 2nd in the UK and in the US on April 8th in 2020.