Tom Hiddleston is said to be in talks for the titular role in the 25th installment to the James Bond franchise. Despite recent rumors that Daniel Craig is still considering the role, new reports have the Avengers villain front and center for it.
Hiddleston has publicly voiced his desire to take on the role and hopes for the opportunity, but sources tell Birth.Movies.Death that Hiddleston has now moved forward into advanced talks to take on the James Bond role from Daniel Craig. According to the report, no official offer has been made yet.
The fact that Hiddleston is in talks for the role seems to be an indication that Craig is, in fact, hanging up the suit for good following his efforts in Spectre. On the contrary, the discussions with Hiddleston and other actors could be an attempt to show Craig that he is replaceable and will have to act fast if he wants to continue playing the part.
Hiddleston is current starring in AMC's The Night Manager mini-series where he is showing off his acting chops with an unpredictable, dangerous attitude as the former British soldier Jonathan Pine. His other non-Marvel roles worth noting include I Saw The Light, Crimson Peak, and Only Lovers Left Alive.
Craig has played Bond four times now, starting in 2006 with Casino Royale, and continuing in 2008 and 2012 with Quantum of Solace and Skyfall. The late 2015 addition to the franchise, Spectre, received mixed reviews from fans and critics despite praise for Craig and his revitalization of the franchise. Pierce Brosnan was the last Bond prior to Craig.