127 Hours and Trainspotting director Danny Boyle recently dropped out of helming the new James Bond movie with Daniel Craig leaving the job for True Detective season one and Beasts of No Nation director Cary Fukunaga to pick up. But even if Boyle is stepping out of the directing chair on this new Bond adventure, the man still has an idea of who he’d like to see step into the famous super agent’s deathly shoes should the time come to replace Craig. And just like Matt Reeves and the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne in The Batman, it looks like Boyle thinks Twilight star Robert Pattinson should snag the 007 name.
In an interview for his upcoming musical Yesterday, Boyle talked a bit about having just seen Claire Denis’ sci-fi-horror movie High Life starring Robert Pattinson and said this.
“It was so bizarre because I was sitting there thinking: ‘Oh my God, they should get him to be the next Bond.’ He must be in his 30s. How old was [Sean] Connery? He’s ready now.”
Danny Boyle then goes on to speak a bit more about just why the hell he decided to step away from directing Bond 25, saying this:
“I was with [Trainspotting and The Beach collaborator John Hodge] and they didn’t really like what we were doing and so it’s far better to part company. What we were doing was good. But it was obviously not what they wanted. That’s ultimately what you learn. But you’ve got to go into that stuff optimistically. It’s like falling in love. You can’t go in guarded and trying to protect yourself. You have to be open-hearted and prepared to be hurt – and so what if you get a bit of bruising? You get well-paid and well looked after. So at the end of the day, these are champagne problems.”
So Boyle is out of James Bond 25, and Cary Fukunaga is in. But don’t feel too bad for Boyle just yet as the 28 Days Later and Slumdog Millionaire filmmaker has a new movie Yesterday all set to hit screens later this month. That movie features EastEnders star Himesh Patel as Jack Malik, a struggling singer-songwriter who, after a freak bus accident during a mysterious global blackout, wakes up to find out that nobody else on Earth remembers The Beatles.
Danny Boyle directs Yesterday from a screenplay written by Love Actually and Four Weddings and a Funeral screenwriter Richard Curtis based on a story by Curtis and The Fabulous Picture Show writer Jack Barth. On top of writing and directing this new flick, Boyle and Curtis also produced the film along with Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner, Bernie Bellew, and Matthew James Wilkinson.
Patel’s co-stars include Lily James Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, Kate McKinnon Office Christmas Party, The Spy Who Dumped Me, and some dude named Ed Sheeran as himself. Daniel Pemberton provides the movie with its score, while Christopher Ross handles cinematography, and Jon Harris edited it all together. Working Title Films and Decibel Films are the production companies behind the movie which Universal Pictures will release in theaters in the United Kingdom on June 28, 2019. This story first arrived at Deadline.