David Oyelowo To Play New James Bond, NOT Idris Elba

David Oyelowo will play James Bond. Although his performance
will be heard rather than seen – in an audiobook. The announcement today follows
long-standing rumours that Idris Elba is in line to replace Daniel Craig when
the latter’s run playing James Bond on the big screen comes to an end,
potentially in two movies’ time.
Oyelowo’s previous roles include Henry VI for the Royal
Shakespeare Company – which made him the first black actor to play an English
king in a major Shakespeare production. He also played the MI5 officer Danny
Hunter in the BBC TV drama Spooks and was acclaimed for his performance as Martin
Luther King in Selma.
Oyelowo will play Bond, and other characters, in the
audiobook version of Trigger Mortis, written by Anthony Horowitz.

Describing himself as “very honoured”, Oyelowo said: “I am
officially the only person on planet Earth who can legitimately say: ‘I am the
new James Bond’ – even saying that name is the cinematic equivalent of doing
the ‘to be or not to be’ speech.”

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