The search for who will play the next James Bond is underway, and according to a recent report from Puck’s Matthew Belloni, one name to keep an eye on is Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
In the latest newsletter from Puck, Belloni notes that rumors surrounding Aaron-Taylor Johnson and his role as Bond have some weight to them, as the actor recently met with James Bond producer Barbara Broccoli.
According to Puck, the meeting also went well, but there is one potentially big thing keeping the actor from solidifying his spot as the iconic spy — he might be too famous.
“But while Taylor-Johnson fits the bill — great actor, British, fits the younger direction the Broccolis want to go, accomplished but not particularly famous — he’s about to be a much bigger star,” reads the report. “If Sony’s Spider-Man spin-off Kraven the Hunter or Universal’s Ryan Gosling two-hander The Fall Guy works, Taylor-Johnson might end up, ironically, too famous to take on Bond.”
While some fans might wonder just how successful Kraven the Hunter might be, Taylor-Johnson’s history as an actor is filled with some big roles, including projects like Kick-Ass, Avengers: Age of Ultron, and most recently, 2022’s Bullet Train.