There has been a lot of speculation recently as to the future of the James Bond franchise. Even though he has one film left on his contract, current 007 Daniel Craig is reportedly looking to hang up his license to kill. And his replacement? Leading rumors have placed Tom Hiddleston – best known for playing the villainous Loki in Marvel’s Thor and Avengers films – as the one producers are talking with, and the rumors are strong enough that London bookmakers recently stopped taking bets on him succeeding Craig.
This weekend at the Wizard World Philadelphia show, Hiddleston took a moment to address the rumors. Right at the top of a panel discussion featuring himself and his Marvel Cinematic Universe “step-brother” Chris Hemsworth, the actor was asked if there would indeed be news coming soon about him taking on the role of the iconic British secret agent. After a
I don’t think that announcement is coming. But I am very gratified to hear that enthusiasm… Your guess is as good as mine, to be honest.
Well, he would say that, wouldn’t he?
Sarcastic attitude aside, though, if Hiddleston were in discussions with Bond franchise producers Eon Productions, he couldn’t very well come out and admit it. Eon plays things very close to the vest. Often times we don’t get real confirmation about potential casting in a Bond film installment until months later, as Eon likes to hold such things until they can be announced at a traditional press conference that kicks off filming. So far, this is the only news we have heard about the inevitable 25th Bond film. No director or writers have even been rumored for the project. As Sony has not placed a new Bond film on their schedule yet, it may be some time before we actually get word as to whether Craig is remaining with the series, Hiddleston is being fitted for a tuxedo or if someone else will bae taking over the franchise.