Aaron Taylor-Johnson Not Offered Role of James Bond Despite Reports (UPDATED)

The British actor would have taken over the role from Daniel Craig, who played the character for 15 years.

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UPDATED March 19, 12:33 p.m. ET: According to a source Complex spoke to, Taylor-Johnson has not been casted as Bond. It's unclear if any discussions have taken place or if he might be offered the role down the line.

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Hollywood is ready for its next James Bond.

According to The Sun, Aaron Taylor-Johnson is next in line for the role. The 33-year-old will reportedly sign the contract this week following a formal offer.

“Bond is Aaron’s job, should he wish to accept it. The formal offer is on the table and they are waiting to hear back,” a source told the outlet. “Aaron is going to sign his contract in the coming days and they can start preparing for the big announcement.”

After Daniel Craig abdicated the role—which he played for 15 years—rumors swirled about Taylor-Johnson taking over. Last year, in an interview with Esquire, he avoided any direct questions about the gossip by saying he had “to go by the beat of my own drum.”

"It’s my own path, what feels intuitive to me,” he continued. “I’ve never made a decision based on other people’s perspectives, or their judgments, or their expectations of me.”

Craig divulged in 2019 that he would exit as James Bond following 2021’s No Time to Die. The 56-year-old confirmed the news on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, saying “It’s done” when asked if his time with Bond was over.

Taylor-Johnson is most widely known for playing Pietro Maximoff in Marvel, appearing in 2014’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier and 2015’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. He’s also set to star in the franchise’s forthcoming film Kraven the Hunter, playing the main role of Sergei Kravinoff/Kraven.

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