After more than 50 years of primarily white men at the helm, the next James Bond movie will be directed by a person of color for only the second time.
Cary Joji Fukunaga, director of the first season of HBO’s “True Detective” and the film “Beasts of No Nation,” is set to take over the 25th Bond movie, the franchise’s longtime producers announced Thursday.
Fukunaga, who is of half Japanese descent, replaces Danny Boyle. The British director dropped out of the film in August due to creative differences.
“We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure,” producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a statement. The movie is scheduled to start filming in March.
Director Lee Tamahori from New Zealand, whose father was a descendant of the Maori indigenous group, directed 2002′s “Die Another Day” and was until now the only director of color to work on a Bond film.
No woman has ever directed a Bond movie.
Fukunaga is also the first American to direct a Bond film. The majority of the franchise has featured British directors.
Daniel Craig, star of the last four Bond installments, is set to return. No actor of color has played the leading man, which has been the subject of much criticism. Perhaps Fukunaga might be able to recruit “Beasts of No Nation” star Idris Elba, who has long been rumored as a possible Bond, if he stays with the franchise.
Fukunaga most recently directed Emma Stone and Jonah Hill in the Netflix miniseries “Maniac,” which comes to the streaming service Friday.
The currently untitled 25th Bond film is tentatively set for release on Feb. 14, 2020.