John Boyega backs idea he should replace Daniel Craig as James Bond

‘Let’s do this!’ John Boyega embraces suggestion he should become the next James Bond as Daniel Craig bows out of iconic role

John Boyega has enthusiastically embraced the suggestion that he should become the next James Bond, as Daniel Craig bows out of the iconic role.

Countless stars’ names have been floated as possible replacements in the long-running franchise, including James Norton, Tom Hardy, Idris Elba, and Sam Heughan.

And 28-year-old screen star Boyega would embrace the idea of being among the contenders to become the new 007, after a suggestion by is Black Panther and Small Axe co-star Leitita Wright, 27.

Iconic role: John Boyega has enthusiastically embraced the suggestion that he should become the next James Bond, as Daniel Craig bows out of the iconic role. Pictured in 2017

When previously asked who would be a better fit for the role out of Boyega and Daniel Kaluuya, 31, Letitia responded: ‘I say Boyega because I know he would love it.

‘Daniel would do the work and stay behind – he likes to stay low key, so that’s too much [for him]. He can still play Bond too, but I know John Boyega would just… yeah.’

And when Boyega was asked about Letitia’s comments in a new interview, he enthused: ‘Ooh! Hey, listen. [With] Steve McQueen directing? Let’s do this.

007: Daniel Craig, 52, will be seen in his final turn as James Bond in No Time To Die, a film which has suffered release delays amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Pictured in 2012’s Skyfall

‘We can show them something different – we [would] still bring that sophistication – James Bond has to be James Bond – but we could do something with that.’

Back in 2018, Boyega admitted that he was likely too young to succeed Daniel Craig in taking on the role, which has also been held by late screen icons Sir Sean Connery and Sir Roger Moore.

As the subject was raised during an interview with Be, the south London native said at the time: ‘For me, at 25-years-old, James Bond, I’m a bit too young for it now.’ 

Craig, 52, will next be seen on screens in his final turn as James Bond in No Time To Die, a film which has suffered release delays amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Highly recommended: Boyega’s Black Panther and Small Axe co-star Leitita Wright suggested he would suit the role. Pictured in October

He recently spoke out against Disney for what he felt was the sidelining of his character in one of the biggest cinematic franchises of all time.

Last month, Boyega opened up once again about his experience in Star Wars, saying he’d be open to revisiting his character Finn – if the circumstances were right.

Speaking to Yahoo, Boyega discussed an axed storyline for the final film, ultimately titled Star Wars: Episode IX – The Rise Of Skywalker, that would have given Finn a meatier role.

‘I think [initial Episode IX director] Colin Trevorrow was going to tell that story,’ John shared during the video chat. 

Star Wars: The star recently opened up again about his experience with Star Wars, saying he’d be open to revisiting his character Finn if the circumstances were right; seen in 2019

He was referring to Trevorrow’s original vision for how the final film – which he would have titled Star Wars: Duel Of The Fates – would unfold… before Colin left the directing mantle altogether and was replaced by Episode VII helmer JJ Abrams.

‘The concept art in the Star Wars book has that image of Finn with the blue [Rebellion] flag, and you have the AT-ATs lined up with tribal marks, and the stormtroopers take off their helmets,’ Boyega continued, referring to leaked concept art from Trevorrow’s vision.

‘That would have been sick. That would have been dope, hands down.’

Indeed, Boyega’s defector Storm Trooper Finn seemed set up from the beginning – in Episode VII – The Force Awakens – to lead a Rebellion uprising comprised of other disillusioned Empire cronies. 

Makings of a hero: Last month, Boyega discussed potential story directions that would have given Finn a lot more face time… that never materialised; seen in 2017’s The Last Jedi

But sadly, due to many, many factors, both Boyega’s character, as well as Kelly Marie Tran’s Rose, were unjustly brushed to the side in the final cut of last year’s saga-concluding Rise Of Skywalker. 

It was an issue that Boyega first broached in September, during an interview with British GQ, in which he proclaimed that Disney marketed his character as being ‘much more important’ than he ultimately became.

He went on the say that he felt that the white characters in the film were given far more ‘nuance,’ suggesting that the filmmaking team didn’t know how to treat him properly as a black actor.

‘They gave all the nuance to Adam Driver, all the nuance to Daisy Ridley. Let’s be honest. Daisy knows this. Adam knows this. Everybody knows. I’m not exposing anything,’ he said at the time. 

Indeed: Boyega’s defector Storm Trooper Finn seemed set up from the beginning – in Episode VII – The Force Awakens – to lead a Rebellion uprising of other disillusioned Empire cronies

It was a sentiment he revisited in his chat with Yahoo this week, when he compared to his character Finn – who had the makings of a true cinematic hero – with a figure like Captain America. 

‘We all know that what makes roles so lucrative [are] the moments you give them. If Captain America isn’t given the scenes to boost his representation, and to make him enjoyable for you guys, we won’t think he’s cool,’ Boyega reasoned.

‘[So] why shouldn’t Black characters and Black actors also fight for that same kind of representation?’ 

In any case, John is still open to the idea of revisiting the role of Finn, if he got his due representation and was able to complete the arc that was first promised to him.

Perhaps it would be in a television series, as he teased to Yahoo this week.

‘I’m a Mandalorian fan, so Lucasfilm is doing very well with the TV shows,’ he said. 

Better yet: ‘An animated show would be dope! We could do it from home!’

In any case: John is still open to the idea of revisiting the role of Finn, if he got his due representation and was able to complete the arc that was first promised to him; seen this year

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