Theo James shall no longer be known in the “Divergent” movie series alone as the 31-year-old British actor has been confirmed to become the next James Bond actor following the departure of Daniel Craig from the role after the showing of “Spectre” in November of last year.
James has beaten other worthy contenders for the role of the prized spy on Her Majesty’s Secret Service that includes the likes of Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, and Tom Hiddleston, details The Portly Gazelle.
Tom Hiddleston appears to have the lock on the role initially but Theo James managed to pull the rug from under him. Hiddleston has a lot of acting credits to his name compared to Theo James whose claim to fame is the dystopian “Divergent” series.
In a private press conference held recently, Theo James said that he was surprised and honored to be given the opportunity to play the iconic role of James Bond.
He narrated that when his agent called him and told him that he was being considered for the James Bond role, he said that he nearly fell off his chair. He said that James Bond is one of the many roles that he has dreamed of playing ever since he was a kid.
James said that he went through the audition like the rest of the contenders and he is just glad that all his efforts have paid off. Now, he still feels like he is dreaming but assured fans that his performance of the James Bond role shall be a blast.
Accordingly, the pre-production for the next James Bond movie, the 25th in the series, will start in August and Theo James will reportedly begin filming in September.
Better off with a new screen partner
Theo James and Shailene Woodley have shown the level of spark and obvious chemistry between them during the filming of the “Divergent” franchise resulting to four movies, the last of which shall be released in June next year.
Although they really look good together, Movie News Guide believes that Theo James is better off being paired with other actresses.
Among those who were mentioned are Emma Watson from the “Harry Potter” film series; Jennifer Lawrence, who, as the highest-paid actress in the world last year, might find it difficult to agree with the proposal; Anna Kendrick who is good at romantic comedy; Emma Stone, who needs to move on from being typecast as the favorite leading lady of Ryan Gosling and the former girlfriend of Andrew Garfield; and Academy Award-winning actress Brie Larson who would really look good with Theo James.
A popular actor
Theo James has become one of the most popular actors today and it is mostly because of “The Divergent” movie series where he was paired with American actress Shailene Woodley.
Every time there is an article online with regards to him and Shailene, it almost always gets viral in just a short time. In fact, the rumored dating between them has been a hot item on the internet ever since the first film “Divergent” was shown in March 2014.
Subsequently, the second movie of the franchise entitled “Insurgent” was released in March last year. This year, the third film entitled “The Divergent Series: Allegiant” was released also in March to global cinemas.
However, it was considered a box-office disappointment after it earned ‘only’ $151.8 million because the film was produced with a budget of $110 million. It is also the lowest box-office output of the three films based on the novel by Veronica Roth.
The stars of the movie series actually attribute the box-office failure of the third film to rushed production.
Despite the box-office disappointment of “The Divergent Series: Allegiant,” Theo James remains upbeat as his popularity as an actor has not wavered one bit considering that he has a lot on his plate right now in terms of acting assignments.
He even joked that after the fourth and final movie of the series entitled “Ascendant” is shown on June 9, 2017, he will consider doing adult films. He was quoted as saying that he will definitely do porn but it would be a classy porn with long storylines, eliciting laughs from his interviewer.
Meanwhile, Theo James was recently interviewed regarding his partnership with Hugo Boss and he was asked about the best piece of career advice he has ever received as an actor.