Director Antoine Fuqua was said to have spoken to James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli about Elba's chances of taking over from Daniel Craig
Daniel Craig currently plays the part of the British spy but is expected to vacate the position after two more films.
Some fans have suggested it is time for the character to be given a diverse shake-up by casting a non-white or non-male actor. Elba is one star who has been put forward in the past and reports yesterday (August 9) suggested filmmakers were thinking the same way.
The Daily Star published a story stating Equalizer director Antoine Fuqua had “told an industry pal” about a conversation he had had with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli. According to the report, Broccoli had said “it is time” for a non-white actor play Bond, adding it would “happen eventually.”
Fuqua was reported to have told her: “You need a guy with a physically strong presence. Idris has that.”
But a representative for Fuqua has now disputed The Daily Star‘s story. “He never had a conversation with Barbara about the franchise or about any casting,” they told The Hollywood Reporter. “It’s all made up stuff. Not sure how it got started.”
Reps for Elba declined to comment on the story, however a “knowledgeable source” told the publication that no one from the actor’s team knew of “any overtures.”
Broccoli has spoken in the past about the possibility of the casting of James Bond becoming more diverse, saying, “Anything is possible.”
Meanwhile, Elba recently said his next role as the Hunchback of Notre Dame could “scupper” his chances of playing Bond.