According to the Mail Online (via ActioNewz.com), British actor Lucien Laviscount has emerged as the latest front runner to replace Daniel Craig as James Bond. While the source suggests we take this with a pinch of salt, it’s said that his role on Netflix’s Emily in Paris caught the attention of franchise bosses Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson.
The 30-year-old is believed to be the perfect age for the next 007, while MGM is said to be interested in hiring a non-white actor to break the mold with Bond and better reflect today’s world.
An “insider” tells the site, “Lucien ticks all the boxes. He is a super talented actor, extremely good looking and has gained a lot of new fans in the last 18 months since he joined Emily In Paris. Bond bosses are already telling how you can see him in the 007 tuxedo, how dapper and fit for the role he’ll look.”
“But there’s a sticking point, and that’s Big Brother. Lucien appeared on the show at a time when his acting career wasn’t as high profile as it is today, but he was hugely popular then and now has a fan base that spans generations.” you carry on. “It’s a dream come true for Barbara, who is very taken with him.”
This is of course tabloid coverage and we probably shouldn’t put too much stock in it. We’re sure many British actors – both well-known and unknown – are currently considering picking up where Craig left off. However, the site has shared some reliable Bond information in the past, meaning we cannot completely rule out these claims.
Interestingly, the report ends by noting that stunt people are already being tested at Pinewood Studios, so work on the film is probably more advanced than previously thought.
Returning to Laviscount, he made his mark in British dramas such as Clocking Off and Coronation Street before landing a role in Waterloo Road in Celebrity Big Brother. From there he broke through in America with roles in Scream Queens, Your Christmas Or Mine and Sex Education.
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