Magic-8 balls, betters, and now an insider for The Sun a small handful of up-and-comers are on the short list to replace Daniel Craig as the next 007.
Whoever gets the nod, is expected to headline a series of James Bond films over the course of 10-12 years.
Dan Stevens, 40, known for “Welcome to the Chippendales” and The Guest, is currently ranked as the fifth most likely pick to take over as James Bond per bookies.
Superman actor Henry Cavill, 39, who came close to nabbing the role back when Casino Royale was casting, but was nixed from the short-list due to his young age at the time, is back in the mix too.
Even more popular with producers, say, is Aaron Taylor-Johnson. The Bullet Train actor has reportedly impressed Broccoli and co. so much that he’s emerged as the front runner for the role. According to William Hill, the Kick-Ass actor has seen his odds drop last night from 16-1 to 6-4. And at only 32, he could be a better age for the producers than his competition – who want the next Bond for a decade or so.
Others said to be still in the running include long-time fave Idris Elba, Regé-Jean Page, James Norton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, and Tom Hardy.