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Idris Elba’s Schedule Is Too Busy To Be In Next Bond Film

Sigh.

Everyone was so excited to see our favorite British ting Idris Elba as the first Black James Bond, but those dreams were crushed when Idris signed his contract for the next season of his show Luther on BBC. The schedule conflicts that would occur between his role as a detective on the series and him being 007 are too much to handle–he essentially turned down the movie by signing on for Luther.

There’s a million and one candidates for the next installment of the Bond franchise, but many thought Elba would be the perfect candidate. There’s no reports on whether the filmmakers will keep in their direction of trying to cast the first Black man to play James Bond or if Idris pulling out ruined those hopes of progress.

This is the 25th Bond film to be released and the filmmakers are hoping to get it into theaters by the end of 2018, with or without Idris.

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