As suspected, the 25th James Bond movie will be directed by Oscar-winner Danny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire) and star Daniel Craig, producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson have confirmed. In a statement to Deadline, the pair said they are “delighted” to confirm Boyle and Craig for the 2019 film. Filming will begin in December.
“We are delighted to announce that the exceptionally talented Danny Boyle will be directing Daniel Craig in his fifth outing as James Bond in the 25th installment of the franchise,” they said. “We will begin shooting Bond 25 at Pinewood Studios in December with our partners at MGM and thrilled that Universal will be our international distributor.”
Sam Mendes directed the previous two movies in the series–Skyfall and Spectre. In 2016 he announced that he would no longer be involved with the franchise. “It was an incredible adventure, I loved every second of it,” he said. “But I think it’s time for somebody else. At the end of the day, I want to make stories with new characters.”
Boyle also directed 127 Hours, Trainspotting, and Steve Jobs.
Bond 25, or whatever it ends up being called, hits theaters on November 8, 2019. After some amount of uncertainty, Craig confirmed back in August that he will play Bond for the fifth time, following on from Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall, and Spectre. Veteran Bond writers Robert Wade and Neil Purvis have been hired to work on the film.
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