Daniel Craig to return as James Bond in 2019 movie (Report)


Daniel Craig will reprise his performance as James Bond in the spy series' next installment, according to the New York Times.

Franchise producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson of EON Productions, announced on Monday that the 25th James Bond film will hit the U.S. on November 8, 2019. It will rollout in Europe one week prior, keeping with tradition.

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade will return to write the script, as they have for each Craig-led Bond — titles including "Skyfall," "Spectre," "Quantum of Solace" and "Casino Royale."

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NEW YORK, NY - JULY 13: Actor Daniel Craig (L) attends the opening night of 'Hamlet' at The Public Theater on July 13, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 04: Actor Daniel Craig and director Sam Gold attend the 2017 Drama Desk Awards at Anita's Way on June 4, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by J. Kempin/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 10: Daniel Craig is seen in Soho on May 10, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 14: Daniel Craig attends the Into Film Awards on March 14, 2017 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 07: Daniel Craig is seen in the East Village on January 7, 2017 in New York City. (Photo by Alo Ceballos/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: Actor Daniel Craig speaks onstage during The New Yorker Festival 2016 - Daniel Craig Talks With Nicholas Schmidle at MasterCard Stage at SVA Theatre on October 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for The New Yorker)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 07: Actor Daniel Craig speaks onstage during The New Yorker Festival 2016 - Daniel Craig Talks With Nicholas Schmidle at MasterCard Stage at SVA Theatre on October 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for The New Yorker)
UN HEADQUARTERS, NEW YORK, NY, UNITED STATES - 2016/04/04: Daniel Craig offers his remarks to the UN press corps. On the occasion of the International Day of Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action, established by United Nations General Assembly Resolution 60/97 (2005), UN Mine Action Service Director Agnes and UNMAS Global Advocate Daniel Craig spoke at a briefing to outline the program's initiatives and to answer questions regarding the status of mine clearing operations globally. (Photo by Albin Lohr-Jones/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actor Daniel Craig and actress Rachel Weisz attend the 7th annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center on November 14, 2015 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
BEIJING, CHINA - NOVEMBER 12: (CHINA OUT) British actor Daniel Craig and French model and actress Lea Seydoux attend premiere of new film 'Spectre' directed by British actor and director Sam Mendes on November 12, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/ChinaFotoPress via Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - NOVEMBER 10: (CHINA OUT) British actor Daniel Craig promotes new film 'Spectre' directed by British actor and director Sam Mendes on November 10, 2015 in Beijing, China. (Photo by VCG/VCG via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Actor Daniel Craig attends AOL BUILD Series Presents: 'Spectre' at AOL Studios In New York on November 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Jim Spellman/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 05: Lea Seydoux and Daniel Craig attend AOL BUILD Series Presents: 'Spectre' at AOL Studios In New York on November 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Laura Cavanaugh/FilmMagic)
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The New York Times says Craig's return is a "done deal," citing two sources with knowledge of the negotiations. In April, TheWrap reported that four major studios are locked in a bidding war for the one-off rights. Warner Bros., Universal, 20th Century Fox, Sony Pictures were all vying for the project — no domestic distributor has been announced yet, but the last four films were distributed by Sony and MGM.

The actor first played 007 in the 2006 film "Casino Royale." He later appeared in "Quantum of Solace" (2008), "Skyfall" (2012) and "Spectre" (2015).

Apart from Bond, the actor is working on a TV series titled "Purity," on which he also serves as executive producer. He also just wrapped "Kings," in which he stars alongside Halle Berry.

Craig is represented by CAA and Slate PR.

Sony has not yet responded to TheWrap's request for comment. MGM declined to comment. A representative for Craig has also not yet responded for comment.

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