Outlander’s Sam Heughan has responded to rumors that he could succeed Daniel Craig as 007.
According to the latest odds from U.K. bookmakers, the Scottish actor is now favorite to take on the iconic role – ahead of longtime rumored contenders including Richard Madden, Tom Hiddleston, James Norton, and Idris Elba.
However, Heughan, 39, has shot down suggestions that he’s a shoo-in for the franchise.
“I can reveal right now that I am not James Bond,” he said during his appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Monday night. “I’ve never heard. I’m waiting for the call… well, I haven’t been told I’m not [James Bond]!”
You can watch Heughan discussing those Bond rumors with Fallon below.
Meanwhile, Heughan has definitely been cast as Hollywood legend Paul Newman in the upcoming biopic about actress Patricia Neal and author Roald Dahl.
Bodyguard’s Keeley Hawes will play Oscar-winning American actress Neal in the movie, while Downton Abbey’s Hugh Bonneville will portray Dahl, the British author of classic children’s books including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and Fantastic Mr Fox.
According to Deadline, the currently untitled movie will explore Neal and Dahl’s rather unlikely relationship in the early ‘60s as they make a home together in the genteel English county of Buckinghamshire, around an hour north-west of London. They started a family together during this period, and are understood to have grown closer as a couple, but their lives were also struck by tragedy.
Heughan will appear in a supporting role as Newman, who co-starred opposite Neal in the 1963 Western movie Hud, for which she won her Oscar.
Producer Donall McCusker (The Hurt Locker) said of the new casting: “We are delighted that Sam has joined us, he is the perfect actor to play Paul Newman and a terrific addition to our already wonderful cast.”
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