Hugh Jackman turned down the role of James Bond, it has been revealed.
Earlier this year, it was announced that Daniel Craig will return for the next Bond instalment in 2019. Craig has reportedly been persuaded to return for two more films – after previously claiming that he’d “rather slash my wrists” than take up the role again.
According to Hugh Jackman however, Craig wasn’t the first to be offered the iconic role following Pierce Brosnan’s departure.
Speaking to Variety, the X-Men actor said: “I was about to do X-Men 2, and a call came from my agent asking if I’d be interested in Bond.”
Jackman was quick to decline though, saying: “I just felt the time that the scripts had become so unbelievable and crazy, and I felt like they needed to become grittier and real.
“And the response was: ‘Oh, you don’t get a say. You just have to sign on.’”
The actor went on to say that he wanted freedom in his career to do different things – saying that always playing the hero felt “a little bit claustrophobic”.
Meanwhile, the long-awaited 25th film in the iconic spy film franchise has officially been announced by producers, which finally ended any lingering uncertainty over the project.
The new Bond film will be released in November 2019, with a confirmed theatrical release date of November 8 2019 in the US.
It was previously reported that Beyonce is in talks to record the theme song.