Rebel Wilson might bag a role in James Bond movie.
Rebel Wilson opens up on the matter
While speaking with Variety at the 2023 Cannes Film Festival for an interview published Thursday, Wilson, 43, revealed that she has auditioned for the next James Bond film, though not for the franchise’s lead role as the iconic British super spy.
“What was really cool was getting to audition for Bond,” Wilson told the outlet, noting that she auditioned for a different character in the franchise’s next movie, which will receive a new look following Daniel Craig‘s last turn as Bond in 2021’s No Time to Die.
Wilson explained that the audition came about after she was put in contact with franchise producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson to “clear some Bond-related jokes” ahead of her hosting gig at the 2022 BAFTA Film Awards.
The actress and first-time director, who is in Cannes to pitch her directorial debut The Deb, did not clarify whether she actually landed the gig.
The next Bond movie is still in the works as longtime producers Broccoli, 62, and Wilson, 81, search for their next 007. Back in October, Wilson told Deadline that while casting had not begun for the film yet, the producers would not consider younger actors for the lead role.
“We’ve tried looking at younger people in the past. But trying to visualize it doesn’t work,” he told the outlet at the time. “Remember, Bond’s already a veteran. He’s had some experience. He’s a person who has been through the wars, so to speak. He’s probably been in the SAS or something.”
“He isn’t some kid out of high school that you can bring in and start off. That’s why it works for a 30-something,” he added.
Richard Madden recently dropped some hints regarding James Bond. Since Craig’s departure, there has been much speculation of who will next take on the mantle of Britain’s most famous spy. Daniel Craig retired as 007 last year. It has been noted that the fans have been busy dream casting the role with actors of all types.
Many suggested that Henry Cavill, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, and Tom Hiddleston be among the several actors to play the role. It has been further noted that the favorites to bag the role include LGBTQ actors like Bridgerton’s Jonathan Bailey, singer Sam Smith, and Thor’s Tessa Thompson. However, popular actor Idris Elba is not willing to grab the role of James Bond.