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For about seven years, there have been rumors that the British 45-year-old Luther and Thor star would succeed Daniel Craig and become the first black actor to play 007. Speculation recently began again, following a U.K. tabloid report, which was later debunked.
On Sunday, Elba left fans shaken—and stirred—with a cryptic tweet that may indicate the truth, and may also just be some good old-fashioned trolling.
“My name’s Elba, Idris Elba,” he wrote.
He later tweeted, “Don’t believe the HYPE…” much to fans’ disappointment.
Elba had said in 2014 that he would “absolutely” accept the role of Bond if it were offered to him.
The casting rumors had reignited earlier this week after U.K. tabloid The Daily Star reported that Antoine Fuqua, who helmed The Equalizer films, had spoken to Bond film producer Barbara Broccoli and that he said she feels it is time for an ethnic minority actor to play the super spy. The report added that the director suggested Elba.
Fuqua’s rep told Hollywood Reporter that the director never discussed the Bond franchise or casting with the producer.