Daniel Craig is obviously not the first A-list movie star to get wooed by American television. But he’s certainly the first actor to dump his famous alter-ego James Bond for a role in a TV show.
The series in question will be an adaptation of best-selling author Jonathan Franzen’s novel Purity and according to Variety, more than a few networks want to be home to the series (including Netflix, Showtime, Amazon and FX). Hotshot producer Scott Rudin will serve as producer and Todd Field is set to direct Purity which trails “a young woman, facing crushing student debt, who falls in with an activist group, in a globe-trotting story”. In Purity, Daniel will essay the role of German Andreas Wolf who promises to help Purity find her father.
Last year’s Spectre, the fourth Bond film to feature Daniel Craig as the super-spy may have made a whole lot of money but for its lead star, the process was grueling. Though he is signed onto play the role in one more film, the possibility of getting replaced is rocketing sky-high given Daniel’s controversial quotes leading up to Spectre’s release. At one point, the 47-year-old star stated during an interview: “I would rather break this glass and slash my wrists. We’re done. All I want to do is move on.”
And if you’re wondering who will play Bond after Daniel Craig, the answer is anyone. Names that have cropped up so far include actors Tom Hardy, Damian Lewis, Idris Elba, Henry Cavill and Michael Fassbender.