Months of speculation are coming to an end. It seems we now have an answer to one of the biggest questions in the movie world: who will be the next James Bond?
Though everyone had an idea who should play Bond, very few had the imagination to see beyond the obvious candidates.
Frantic rumours broke this weekend that the next actor to wield Bond’s Walther PPK is, in fact, Kevin Hart.
Though Hart has yet to make an official announcement, he alluded to the gossip with an Instagram post. Resplendent in a Saville Row suit, the caption reads, “The name’s Hart, Kevin Hart. Ready to blow minds motherf******!!”
PaddyPower now has Kevin Hart the 1/20 favourite to take on the role.
The casting would certainly prove a departure for the franchise, with Hart both the first American and the first black actor to play Bond. However, the changes do not stop there. In another bold choice by Bond producers, rumoured to be taking over directing duties is British director Mike Leigh, best known for his semi-improvised films like Secrets and Lies and Mr Turner.
Leigh’s involvement is believed to be one of Hart’s prerequisites for taking the role. “I love Jumanji,” he said last year, “but I’d love to work with Mike Leigh. He’s the dopest.”
Plot details are sketchy at this stage, but it’s believed the film will focus more on the daily life of the world’s most famous spy, including a strained relationship with a neighbour of a different social class.
Jim Broadbent has been lined up to play the villain, while Alison Steadman is expected to take a role as chief Bond girl.
Expected in late 2022, the new film’s working title is “(April) Fools Rush In”.