Daniel Craig's license to kill has officially been renewed: He will indeed reprise his role as British super-spy James Bond in 2019, it was announced early Friday, confirming reports that began swirling last summer.
It will be Craig's fifth -- and likely final -- outing as the MI-6 agent and the first for Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle, who's been set to helm the 25th film in the 007 franchise, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said in a statement on Friday.
Incidentally, the "Slumdog Millionaire" maestro previously directed Craig as Bond during the opening ceremony for the 2012 London Olympics.
Boyle is reteaming with "Trainspotting" scribe John Hodge, who penned the original screenplay for the Bond 25 film -- which is presumably the working title of the next installment -- and has frequently collaborated with the director.
Production on the action flick will begin Dec. 3 at Pinewood Studios in London.
Wilson and Broccoli's EON Productions has partnered with MGM and Universal for the film's worldwide release. Distribution previously was handled by Sony until its contract expired in 2015, causing a mad dash among studios to distribute the iconic franchise. MGM last released 2002's "Die Another Day" when Pierce Brosnan starred as the Ian Fleming hero.
Bond 25 is set for stateside release on Nov. 8, 2019, but will hit theaters in the United Kingdom and internationally on Oct. 25, 2019.
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