Idris Elba is out here playing with folks’ emotions … or at least it appears that way. On Sunday, the British actor decided to post a cryptic tweet alluding to the fact that he will play the next James Bond, and folks lost their minds.
The suave Brit, best known for his roles on “The Wire,” “Luther,” and the “Thor” movies, has for years been the focus of hopeful theories that he might play the next 007 when actor Daniel Craig throws in the towel. Further adding to those fan hopes, Elba tweeted Bond’s famous line with his own name in its place on Sunday morning. “My name’s Elba, Idris Elba,” he wrote.
— JessicaGrabbit.com (@JessicaGrabbit) August 12, 2018
YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES YES
— The Sassiest Semite (@LittleMissLizz) August 12, 2018
Gasping for air. pic.twitter.com/jf8mLjOqCD
— Omar Kelly (@OmarKelly) August 13, 2018
C’mon, Idris! Take the job, man! You know you’d have fun! And you know we’d break the bank taking our families and friends! Save the world, Idris! #BeBond!!!
— Vincent Wright 🌊 (@VincentWright) August 13, 2018
— Nicholas (@nickthe_dick) August 12, 2018
Hours later, the 46-year-old then decided to post again, instead tweeting a a photo of the rap group Public Enemy as well as a lyric from one of their songs “Don’t believe the HYPE …”
The tweets come days after a report in the UK publication The Daily Star claimed the actor is confirmed to assume the role. Apparently director Antoine Fuqua says that Bond producer Barbara Broccoli believes it’s time to bring some diversity to the main role. In the story, Fuqua also left open the possibility for Elba to play the starring role of James Bond.
Reps for Elba and Broccoli haven’t confirmed or denied the claim, but a spokesperson for Fuqua told CNN, “This is not accurate.”
Elba himself has said he’s open to playing the role. “It would be such an honor,” he told CNN in 2014. “I mean what do we have to do here? We have to wear beautiful suits, drive nice cars, chase bad guys and date beautiful women? I dunno, sounds good to me.”
The next Bond is due out in October 2019 directed by Danny Boyle and it’s likely to be Daniel Craig’s last, fulfilling his five-film contract. He was the sixth actor to take on the role after Sean Connery, George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton and Pierce Brosnan.
Despite the controversy surrounding the idea of a “Black Bond”, Craig gave Idris a big seal of approval telling HipHollywood exclusively, “Definitely Idris is fantastic, he’s a wonderful actor.”
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