While fans are still heartbroken that Regé-Jean Page will not return in the upcoming season of Bridgerton on Netflix, it appears that the actor is still the number one pick to be the next James Bond.
The current James Bond, Daniel Craig, has decided to step away from the role after No Time to Die, which will be released in theaters on Friday, October 8. The film has been delayed three times because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Making headlines is also the first Black woman to portray 007 in No Time To Die. British actress Lashana Lynch plays Nomi playing opposite Craig in the 25th installment of the spy thriller. Lynch told CNN.com that she thinks the next Bond "could go in any direction."
"I think that when you are recasting something that has been ultimately White for the duration, to cast any Black man, an Asian man, mixed-race man you'd be focusing on his color and that's not a conversation I particularly want to have," she told CNN.com. "If they were to cast a Black man, for example, I inside would hope he just happens to be Black, but he is James Bond."
High on the list of possibilities is Page, who wowed fans with his portrayal last year in the Netflix hit, Bridgerton.
“They are talking about Regé, but Bond producers are not making any decisions until after No Time to Die is released. They are focusing on Daniel Craig’s big finale,” a source reportedly tells Page Six.
Other actors in the running for the role are Henry Cavill and George MacKay.
In June, Page addressed the rumors of him becoming the next James Bond in a roundtable interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
“It gets clicks. It’s got nothing to do with me — nothing to do with anything that has happened in any rooms or any meetings. It’s literally just a thing for people to talk about. So it’s flattering, but it’s just a game.”
No Time To Die will be released in theaters this Friday on Oct. 8.