A couple weeks ago, we reported that Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane, and Riley Keough had signed onto Steven Soderbergh’s return to feature filmmaking, Logan Lucky, and they would join Channing Tatum in the flick, which is about two brothers who plan a heist during a high profile NASCAR race. Now two more actors are coming on board.
According to Deadline, Daniel Craig and Katherine Heigl are said to be finalizing deals to join the picture. There are currently no details on the roles they would play (Tatum and Driver are the brothers), but Deadline says the film has the full support of NASCAR, which is huge in terms of licensing deals and scooping up the sport’s massive fan base.
But if Craig is signing on to do Logan Lucky (which begins pre-production this week and plans to shoot in the fall), what does this mean for the James Bond franchise? Craig publicly signaled he would “rather slit his wrists” than do another Bond movie after Spectre, and although he walked those comments back, it seems like it’s becoming time for the mantle of 007 to pass to a new actor. Even though Logan Lucky likely wouldn’t conflict with any plans for Bond seeing as the bidding for the Bond rights won’t even begin until later this year, Craig’s lined up a TV series that could put scheduling in a tricky position.
Deadline reports that Craig “signed up to star in a limited TV series Purity which is likely to be 20 episodes over two seasons and producer Scott Rudin and writer/director Todd Field are currently negotiating to set that up now. The series hopeful based on the novel by Jonathan Franzen is about young female activist named Purity (or Pip) who begins a worldwide search for her Dad.” A TV series is a huge chunk of the actor’s time, and it could be difficult to squeeze a Bond movie in there.
Furthermore, Deadline confirms that Bond producer Barbara Broccoli has discussed the Bond role with Film Stars Don’t Die actor Jamie Bell. Bell, who’s only 30, would definitely be a much younger and fresher face for the series (and I’m sure his casting would be much to the chagrin of those campaigning for Tom Hiddleston or Idris Elba to get the role).