This Marvel Star Is the Top Choice to Play James Bond Thanks to a Secret Audition

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Update! Aaron Taylor-Johnson is reportedly THE top choice to fill Daniel Craig's shoes as the new James Bond. According to sources who spoke to The Sun, the Bullet Train and Avengers: Age of Ultron star (who will also appear in the upcoming Kraven the Hunter movie in Sony's Spider-Man universe) had a secret audition at Pinewood Studios, and "impressed" Barbara Broccoli—who runs the franchise.

“Aaron went for a screen test to be the next Bond in September and producers and Barbara loved him," one source said. "He is now one of the front-runners.”

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There's been a ton of speculation about who the next James Bond will be, with names like Tom Hardy, Henry Cavill, Idris Elba, and James Norton all in the mix. And back in 2021, Page Six reported that Bridgerton’s Regé-Jean Page was favored to take over, with a source saying “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. But Henry Cavill also is still in the running—he’s a lot more famous now than when his name first came up.”

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Regé-Jean previously addressed Bond rumors, telling the Hollywood Reporter, “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.”

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