In a surprising turn of events, Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Daniel Craig have announced filmmaker, Cary Joji Fukunaga has taken on the mammoth task of helming Bond 25.

Fukunaga comes into the Bond fold as a replacement for Danny Boyle after he parted ways with the production due to ‘creative differences’ in August. Filming will now commence at Pinewood Studios on 4 March 2019 and a view to a February 14, 2020, release.

“We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure,” said Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.

Fukunaga has directed pictures such as the 2011 Jane Eyre starring Mia Wasikowska, Michael Fassbender and Jamie Bell. He has also directed 8 episodes of season 1 of True Detective which he won an Emmy in 2014 for helming the entire first season and giving the crime series a cinematic look. He also directed the Netflix film Beasts of No Nation starring Idris Elba. His next work can be seen on Netflix this week in Maniac starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.

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Still not familiar with the filmmaker? We spoke with Fukunaga for the Beasts of No Nation.

David Mackenzie, Yann Demange and Joe Wright were all thought to be in the running to take over the director’s chair. Fukunaga’s appointment is not just a surprising move but an interesting one too.

Sam Mendes directed the previous two instalments, which became the highest-grossing films in the series, with “Skyfall” bringing in $1.1 billion globally and “Spectre” earning $880 million at the worldwide box office.

His latest venture, an adaptation of the Norwegian mini series Maniac, stars Emma Stone and Jonah Hill. We spoke to the stars and new Bond 25 director at the premiere last week.