Idris Elba dropped a hint he's the next James Bond, and fans are going wild

Idris Elba dropped a hint he's the next James Bond, and fans are going wild

The 25th entry into the British spy franchise is set to start filming before the end of 2018, but there isn't much we know about it yet.

What we do know is that Daniel Craig will be back in the lead role for one last time, Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire) will be directing this time around, and the film is set to be released in the US on November 9, 2019 (the UK gets it earlier on October 25).

After that, it looks like Craig will departing the series, leaving someone else to take on the mantle.

When it comes to casting fan-favourite characters like James Bond, the internet usually has some ideas about who should take on the role. And, when rumours start to circulate, we all jump on the bandwagon.

Two of the names that recur time and time again with regards to Bond is Tom Hiddleston and Idris Elba, but there's definitely more excitement about the latter.

One can only imagine how fans would react to a black man being cast in the role of James Bond, considering how this kind of change often aggravates toxic fandoms.

Daniel Craig is often cited as one of the most popular actors to take on the role, but many hated the casting initially - all because he had blonde hair.

While it may have seemed just like a rumour, recently it has started to sound like Elba may actually be in the running to play Bond. The Independent reported that producer Barbara Broccoli is interested in casting Elba for the role, writing:

"Director Antoine Fuqua revealed the details of a conversation with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli, in which she said "it is time" for a non-white actor to take on the iconic role. Fuqua discussed who might be next in the running with Broccoli, who's certain the progressive move "will happen eventually", with Idris Elba a reported frontrunner for the role."

As both a former kickboxer, amateur race-car driver, outstanding actor, box-office draw and all-around hunk, Elba seems like a great choice for the role. And while some have said that the 45-year-old is a little old to play 007 - that's the same age Roger Moore was when he first took over.

Now, fans are even more excited - as it may be the case that Elba himself has responded to the recent reports, albeit in a cryptic way. Whether this is a mischievous tease or a sly confirmation of his involvement, it's up to you to decide. With his own version of 007's catchphrase, he posted:

While this may have just been a little joke, it certainly drove his fanbase nuts:

While this is by no means an official confirmation, it could be a hint that Elba is in the running for the role. Not only would he nail the role, but it would be a historic moment too.