An actor who has earned acclaim in recent years for his work on a TV show has been tabbed as the frontrunner to become the next James Bond.
EW.com reports that Damian Lewis has been anointed as the odds-on favorite, according to the U.K. bookmakers. Lewis has earned a string of awards and nominations for his work on Showtime’s “Homeland” — including winning an Emmy as Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series in 2012 and a Golden Globe in 2013.
Daniel Craig will reportedly soon be wrapping up his run as Bond. He stars in “Spectre,” the 24th Bond movie, which is due in theaters Nov. 6, and reportedly is under contract for one more movie after that. His replacement has been the subject of rumors for years, with Idris Elba among the perennial favorites.
“William Hill has slashed odds on Lewis, 44, becoming the next 007, citing a number of large bets on the ‘Homeland’ and ‘Wolf Hall’ star,” EW reports. “Odds for Lewis are as short as 6/4, pushing him ahead of other favorites like Idris Elba (5/2), Tom Hardy (4/1), Henry Cavill (5/1), and Michael Fassbender (7/1).”