Entertainment Movies Cary Joji Fukunaga to direct new Bond film

Cary Joji Fukunaga to direct new Bond film

Daniel Craig is returning as 007 in the franchise's 25th instalment. Photo: Getty
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Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct the new James Bond film, the producers have announced.

The 25th Bond instalment will begin filming in London, at Pinewood Studios, on March 4, 2019, with a target release date of February 14, 2020.

Fukunaga, who won acclaim for the 2015 war film Beasts of No Nation, replaces Danny Boyle, who exited the project over differences with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson and returning star Daniel Craig.

“We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure,” Broccoli and Wilson said on Twitter.

Fukunaga, who also directed Jane Eyre and multiple episodes of True Detective and Maniac on TV, was not on many – or any – Bond watchers’ radar as Boyle’s replacement.

Cary Joji Fukunaga will helm the next Bond film. Photo: Getty

The 41-year-old Fukunaga, who has said in the past he would like to direct a movie from horseback, has said his Beasts of No Nation star Idris Elba would be an ideal Bond – prompting online talk that Elba could succeed Craig as 007.

Speculation had centred on Life on Mars and Whitechapel director, SJ Clarkson, who has been chosen to direct the next instalment in the Star Trek franchise; and Yann Demange, the helmer of new release White Boy Rick.

Demange had been considered a strong contender during the first round before the job went, temporarily, to Boyle.

Idris Elba accepts the Best Supporting Male award for Beasts of No Nation with Abraham Attah and Patricia Arquette at the 2016 Film Independent Spirit Awards. Photo: Getty