The next actor to play James Bond has been found. Well, for the audiobooks, at least.
The Guardian reports “Selma” star David Oyelowo will voice the super spy for the audiobook version of the upcoming novel “Trigger Mortis,” which is written by Anthony Horowitz and commissioned by the Ian Fleming estates. He said he's honored to be voicing Bond.
“I am officially the only person on planet Earth who can legitimately say: ‘I am the new James Bond’ — even saying that name is the cinematic equivalent of doing the ‘to be or not to be’ speech,” Oyelowo told the Guardian.
The 39-year-old actor will join Hugh Quarshie as the only black actors to ever voice Bond. Quarshie voiced the character when he read the audiobook version of Dr. No in 2012.
Horowitz, known for his work on the Alex Rider book series, took never-before published work from Fleming to create the novel. The story in "Trigger Mortis" will take place in the 1950s just after Bond faced off with Goldfinger at Fort Knox.
While Oyelowo will be voicing Bond for the new book, it doesn't appear he will be playing the iconic character on-screen anytime soon. With actor Daniel Craig only having a few bond movies left, many have started to speculate who the next bond will be. One of those actors is Idris Elba, according to Vulture.
If Elba was cast he would be the first black actor to play James Bond on the big screen. The Hollywood Reporter reports that Damian Lewis, Tom Hardy, Henry Cavill and Michael Fassbender are also said to be in the running for the part.
The new bond film, “Spectre,” will be hitting theaters Nov. 6. The trailer can be seen below: