Recent news might shut down speculations that ask if actor Daniel Craig will reprise his role as “James Bond.” However, could his latest venture be just the same as the movie franchise he seems to want to leave behind?
Craig has signed on for the 20-episode drama “Purity,” Digital Spy reported. However, viewers saddened by the actor’s seeming reluctance to play 007 once again could find solace in his latest role. As it turns out, Daniel Craig might feel right at home with “Purity” as its story is also about “surveillance and secrecy,” the publication remarked.
SHOWTIME Networks President and CEO David Nevins praised Jonathan Franzen’s novel and the “powerhouse team” to work on the series, Deadline revealed.
“Jonathan Franzen’s Purity is an epic American novel that pulses with the energy of a psychological thriller. I whipped through it in a week. His gripping and timely story has attracted a powerhouse team – Todd Field, Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, David Hare, along with Franzen himself, and the brilliant Daniel Craig who is perfectly cast as the charismatic, mysterious ‘Andreas Wolf,’” Nevins said.
Production for “Purity” begins in 2017 and the limited series will air for two years on SHOWTIME, Buzzfeed reported. Craig’s character, Andreas Wolf, is a charismatic East German who operates The Sunlight Project from South America. The group trades in world secrets, the publication wrote.
Aside from “Purity,” recent news might strengthen rumors that point to Craig’s departure from the James Bond franchise. In a separate report, Deadline revealed the ongoing negotiations for the actor to star in another movie that’s slated to start production soon. Craig, along with actress Katherine Heigl, are reportedly ironing out contracts to take part in Steven Soderbergh’s film “Logan Lucky,” the publication wrote.
News of Craig’s role in “Purity” corroborates reports that hinted at it early on. Hence, it will likely fuel speculation about his refusal to do another James Bond film.
Yet Indie Wire suggested franchise producers would likely wait for the actor’s schedule to clear up seeing that they did it for director Sam Mendes with “Spectre.” Moreover, the publication cited the exit of Mendes and Craig’s creative input on the production would be another reason for the actor to return. But until that happens, fans can likely expect more actors and actresses to offer themselves up for the role of 007.