If you haven’t heard of Phoebe Waller-Bridge before, you certainly will in the coming months.
Best known for creating, writing, and starring in the series Fleabag, the 37-year-old Waller-Bridge also served as showrunner and head writer for the first season of the hit thriller series Killing Eve and punched up the script for Daniel Craig’s final outing as James Bond, No Time To Die.
This summer will see Waller-Bridge tackle the biggest role of her career as she stars alongside the legendary Harrison Ford in Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny.
After Indy 5, though, Waller-Bridge’s calendar is pretty wide open, as the only project she’s currently attached to is the John Krasinski-helmed IF. And according to recent reports, one franchise is hoping to take advantage of her ability, and that’s the Bond franchise.
According to a report from The Daily Mail, Bond franchise producer Barbara Broccoli has reportedly identified Waller-Bridge as her top choice to direct the next film in the series, which will be the first without Daniel Craig since 2006.
“The Mail on Sunday has learned that the Fleabag star has been in ‘early discussions’ with Bond producer Barbara Broccoli. Broccoli, whose Eon Productions owns the rights to 007, has called Waller-Bridge, 37, her number-one choice to direct the 26th film in the franchise.
A source said: ‘Daniel Craig brought Phoebe in to work on No Time To Die, and she added humour and pathos to the film. Everyone adored working with her. It’s very early days, but Barbara has been quite open about saying Phoebe would be her first choice to direct and co-write the next film.”
While there currently is no timeline for when fans can expect the next James Bond to hit theaters, odds are that news about the project — whether it be landing a director or a lead actor — will be revealed sometime this year.
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