Idris Elba offers cheeky tweets amid latest James Bond rumors
Early Sunday morning, the Luther star tweeted a heavily filtered selfie and wrote, "my name's Elba, Idris Elba" — an obvious nod to 007's signature "Bond, James Bond" line.
But while some fans might have taken that as a hint that Elba, 45, would someday don Bond's tuxedo, he followed up hours later with a photo of Public Enemy and another tweet name-checking one of the group's most well-known songs. "Don't believe the HYPE…" he wrote.
A representative for Elba did not immediately respond to request for comment about his tweets, which came at the end of a week in which the U.K.'s Daily Star reported that Bond producer Barbara Broccoli once told director Antoine Fuqua it was time for a nonwhite actor to portray the martini-sipping spy. According to the report, Fuqua said that Elba could fit the bill.
A representative for Fuqua, however, disputed the report, telling The Hollywood Reporter, "He never had a conversation with Barbara about the franchise or about any casting. It's all made-up stuff. Not sure how it got started."
Elba has been rumored or wish-listed as a future James Bond for years, though the actor himself has consistently downplayed such talk.
A year ago, Daniel Craig confirmed that he'll be returning to play 007 for a fifth and final time. After that, the search will presumably be on for his successor.