There is little doubt that No Time to Die is one of the most highly anticipate films of 2020. After all, the 25th James Bond movie will be the last one for Daniel Craig, who will finally retire from the role this year. But who is going to take over as 007 once Craig steps away from the role? It has just been reported that Tom Hardy has already been cast as the infamous MI6 agent.

Tom Hardy is undoubtedly one of the most popular names that are being thrown out when it comes to succeeding Daniel Craig as the new James Bond. However, most fans have been leaning towards younger actors like former Game of Thrones star Richard Madden and The Great's Nicholas Hoult. In addition to that, there have been hopes that Idris Elba will finally be cast as the first black 007. But is it possible that the franchise is moving forward with the Venom star instead?

Numerous outlets have reported that Tom Hardy has been confirmed as the new James Bond. Most notably, The Vulcan Reporter states that the Inception actor has already signed on for the role and is expected to be announced right after the premiere of No Time To Die. However, this decision is currently put on hold as the release date of James Bond 25 could once again get moved due to COVID-19. Nevertheless, it looks like producers have already made a decision about casting Hardy as the new 007.

The possible casting is certainly important news considering that people were expecting a younger actor to take on the role of James Bond since there were plans to go for more ambitious action sequences. On the other hand, Tom Hardy has already proven that he is capable of doing difficult action scenes in films like The Dark Knight Rises and Inception.

For now, Universal Pictures and the James Bond producers have not yet confirmed Tom Hardy's casting as the new 007. However, people believe that the franchise will be keeping quiet about the news until the release of No Time To Die later this year. Stay tuned for more updates on this story.

No Time To Die is set to be Daniel Craig's final James Bond film. The movie is directed by Cary Fukunaga and will bring back Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris, Jeffrey Wright, Christoph Waltz, Rory Kinnear, and Ralph Fiennes. It is currently scheduled for release on November 20.