Word on the street suggests that MGM has come up with a short list of three potential directors they are interested in taking the helm on Bond 25. The three frontrunners are Denis Villeneuve, David Mackenzie and Yann Demange.

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Each coming with their own unique style, it all depends on what direction the studio wants the new spy thriller to take. Villeneuve is in the driving seat for this year’s highly anticipated Blade Runner sequel, Blade Runner 2049 starring Harrison Ford and Ryan Gosling. He was also at the helm for 2016 multi award nominated Arrival starring Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker. However, Villeneuve could have a scheduling conflict with Dune which could see him pushed out of the race.

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David Mackenzie also has a couple of impressive films under his belt, firstly with 2016’s highly critically acclaimed and multi award nominated Hell or High Water which starred Jeff Bridges, Chris Pine and Ben Foster. He also directed Jack O’Connell in the prison drama Starred Up in 2013. Mackenzie is currently down to direct the story of Robert the Bruce in Outlaw King where he will team up yet again with Foster and Pine.

Thirdly, Yann Demange, who made his feature directorial debut in 2014 directing Jack O’Connell in the critically acclaimed ’71 after a successful run behind TV series Top Boy, is probably the least experienced of the three frontrunners, but that could count in his favour in order to bring a fresh edge to the franchise. Demange is currently at the helm of White Boy Rick which stars Matthew McConaughey.

Whoever the studio plumps for, we shouldn’t have to wait to much longer for the announcement as reports suggest new could come as soon as the end of the summer.

Bond 25 will be written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, who penned Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre.