Now that Daniel Craig’s tenure as James Bond is over, there’s been a lot of speculation about who will take over the iconic role. Although the casting process hasn’t formally started, several names have been thrown around. Idris Elba has been a strong contender for a long time with Henry Cavill a close second. Harry Styles and Tom Holland have also been mentioned. Now, in an exciting twist, former Bridgerton star Regé-Jean Page has emerged as a favorite for the part. He’s even been endorsed by the Russo brothers.
Best known for directing Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War and Endgame, Joe and Anthony Russo recently worked with him on The Gray Man. So when Radio Times asked the pair to comment on rumors that Regé-Jean Page was up for the James Bond role, they didn’t waste any time gushing about his ability. “He’s fantastic. He has more charisma in his pinky than most people do in their entire body,” Joe said, adding that they’d watch him do anything. “We’d watch him read the phonebook!” Anthony agreed, describing him as a savvy performer with loads of charm.
Regé-Jean Page has been one of Hollywood’s most sought-after talents following his appearance on Netflix’s Bridgerton. His portrayal of Simon Basset even earned him an Emmy nomination. Since then he has appeared in big-budget films like The Gray Man, where he portrays a suave CIA official named Denny Carmichael. In the story, he employs former agent turned private contractor Lloyd Hansen (Chris Evans) to bring down agent Sierra Six (Ryan Gosling), who is in possession of explosive secrets. The movie is currently streaming on Netflix.
The British actor will also be seen in Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves alongside Chris Pine, Michelle Rodriguez, Justice Smith, Sophia Lillis, and Hugh Grant. The film is scheduled for a theatrical release on March 3, 2023. The 34-year-old is also rumored to be joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe but that hasn’t been confirmed yet. Interestingly, at the Los Angeles premiere of The Gray Man, Page seemed (or feigned) not to be able to hear the question when he was asked about his potential involvement in the James Bond franchise.
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Meanwhile, the popularity contest for the James Bond gig is heating up according to an update from US-Bookies. Tom Hardy has slipped into a fourth-place tie alongside fellow hopeful Michael Fassbender. Falling from a 4/1 showing into a 9/1 stalemate with the former X-Men star, fans have been wondering who could possibly defeat a man with the power of a symbiote? Apparently, the answer is Hobbit/Poldark star Aidan Turner who has made his way to third place. Here’s where the current James Bond standings are holding with Regé-Jean Page’s odds looking pretty good.
- Regé-Jean Page – 11/4
- Henry Cavill – 4/1
- Aidan Turner – 6/1
- Tom Hardy/Michael Fassbender – 9/1
- Idris Elba – 10/1
- James Norton – 12/1
- Cillian Murphy – 18/1
- Jamie Dornan/Tom Hopper – 25/1
A deeper look at these numbers also indicates that Tom Hardy’s drop isn’t even the biggest one in this new Regé-Jean Page shake-up.