News | World News | Cary Joji Fukunaga announced as director of next James Bond film

Cary Joji Fukunaga announced as director of next James Bond film

Popular Articles

US film-maker close to Idris Elba is unveiled as new James Bond director fuelling speculation that British actor could become first black 007

  • Cary Joji Fukunaga replaces Danny Boyle after he stepped down in August  
  • Decision announced on the official James Bond Twitter page this morning 
  • Comes after rumours that franchise was set for its first ever female director 

By Sebastian Murphy-bates For Mailonline

Published: 04:57 EDT, 20 September 2018 | Updated: 08:23 EDT, 20 September 2018

151

View
comments

American director Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct the next James Bond film, it has been announced.

Fukunaga's 2015 drama Beasts of No Nation features Idris Elba as a warlord and the announcement that he has replaced Danny Boyle will fuel rumours of Elba succeeding Daniel Craig as 007.

Just last month the Luther actor sparked a frenzy that viewers could witness the ifrst ever black James Bond when he tweeted: 'My name's Elba, Idris Elba.' 

But he then quashed speculation at the premiere of his directorial debut, Yardie. When an interviewer asked if they were 'looking at the next 007', Elba replied: 'No.' 

But today's announcement will only encourage further rumours after the official James Bond twitter account announced: 'Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig announced today that #Bond25 will begin filming at Pinewood Studios on 4 March 2019 under the helm of director, Cary Joji Fukunaga with a worldwide release date of 14 February 2020.

'We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure," said Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.'

Fukunaga (pictured) replaces Danny Boyle, who stepped down as the film's director in August
Fukunaga (pictured) replaces Danny Boyle, who stepped down as the film's director in August

Fukunaga (pictured) replaces Danny Boyle, who stepped down as the film's director in August

Fukunaga will direct Daniel Craig's fifth outing as James Bond, it was announced this morning 
Fukunaga will direct Daniel Craig's fifth outing as James Bond, it was announced this morning 

Fukunaga will direct Daniel Craig's fifth outing as James Bond, it was announced this morning 

Fukunaga (pictured with Emma Stone) has been announced as the director of Bond 25 after Danny Boyle left the project
Fukunaga (pictured with Emma Stone) has been announced as the director of Bond 25 after Danny Boyle left the project
Fukunaga has been announced as the director of Bond 25 after Danny Boyle (pictured) left the project
Fukunaga has been announced as the director of Bond 25 after Danny Boyle (pictured) left the project

Fukunaga (pictured, left, with Maniac star Emma Stone) has been announced as the director of Bond 25 after Danny Boyle (right) left the project

Earlier this month it was suggested that the spy franchise's next movie could be directed by a woman for the first time ever  
Earlier this month it was suggested that the spy franchise's next movie could be directed by a woman for the first time ever  

Earlier this month it was suggested that the spy franchise's next movie could be directed by a woman for the first time ever  

Fukunaga's films include the 2015 war drama Beasts of No Nation, which he not only directed, but also wrote, produced and oversaw cinematography.

The acclaimed film won a handful of industry awards, including the Independent Spirit Awards for best male lead for Abraham Attah and the best supporting male for Elba, and a George Foster Peabody Award for excellence. 

He also wrote and directed the 2009 film Sin Nombre and the 2011 film Jane Eyre. He was the director and executive producer for the first season of True Detective, winning a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. 

The appointment will be a disappointment for SJ Clarkson after earlier this month it was suggested she could become the first ever female director of a 007 film. 

Variety reported her as a top contender for the role after Boyle left the project last month.

For your consideration: According to Variety, SJ (pictured  in 2014) was one of three directors being considered earlier this month 
For your consideration: According to Variety, SJ (pictured  in 2014) was one of three directors being considered earlier this month 

For your consideration: According to Variety, SJ (pictured in 2014) was one of three directors being considered earlier this month 

Profile: Who is Cary Joji Fukunaga?

The American producer, director and cinematographer was born in Oakland, California in 1977. 

His first film was the 2003 short Kofi, on which he was executive producer. 

He was then executive producer on Victoria para chino the following year and On the Ice in 2011.

His first feature film was 2009's Mexican-American adventure thriller  Sin Nombre. 

From 2014-2015 he worked on True Detective, winning a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series. 

He went on to produce Beasts of No Nation, Little Boxes, Thumper and the TV show The Alienist.

Other projects include Black Lung, The American, The Angel of Darkness and Maniac.  

Other directors rumoured to be in the running to replace Boyle included Sam Mendes, Denis Villeneuve and David Mackenzie.

Of those, Mackenzie was the favourite - with William Hill putting 3/1 odds on his appointment, with Villeneuve at 4/1  and Mendes at 7/1.

Batman and Dunkirk director Christopher Nolan was also in the running with odds of 8/1. 

Just outside the favourites, but still considered a possible replacement with 10/1 odds was Kathryn Bigelow.

Since quitting, Boyle has said it would be ‘impossible’ for him to direct or write the Bong film due to him being too big a fan of the franchise.

In an interview with Radio Times five days before it was announced Boyle had pulled out over ‘creative differences’, the director said Bond aficionados would be ‘hampered’ by how much they knew about the plot.

His remarks came after The Sun reported that Boyle quit due to writers' supposed plans to kill off Bond. 

The new film is set to be Daniel Craig's fifth appearance as 007 - and rumoured to be his last.

He previously said he would rather 'slash my wrists' than return to the role, but later said he made the remarks two days after he finished shooting Spectre when he was exhausted. 

Could Bodyguard star be next 007?

Bodygaurd's Richard Madden (right) is the fans' favourite to replace Daniel Craig as the next James Bond, according to Ladbrokes.

The gripping BBC drama has been watched by millions, and the bookies have revealed the star is been the punters' favourite.

At 16/1, he's not yet being ruled out by Ladbrokes, but Tom Hardy remains the clear favourite at 2/1.

Alex Apati of Ladbrokes said: 'If the latest bets are anything to go by, Richard Madden will be going from Bodyguard to Bond.'

Other actors on Ladbrokes' radar are Idris Elba (4/1), Henry Cavill (6/1), Tom Hiddleston (6/1) and James Norton (8/1).

Meanwhile Orlando Bloom has 10/1 odd, Aidan Turner is at 12/1 as is Jack Huston and 'Any Female'.

 

Advertisement

Most watched News videos

MOST READ NEWS

View All

MOST WATCHED NEWS VIDEOS

By Shawn Arnette 20/09/2018 08:23:00