Cary Fukunaga has been revealed as the director of the next James Bond movie following Danny Boyle’s exit from the project last month.
The announcement was made on Thursday in a joint statement from Bond producers Eon and Daniel Craig, who will reprise his role as 007 for one last time. The news was confirmed on the official James Bond Twitter account, which also revealed the movie’s release date has been pushed back to 14 February 2020.
“We are delighted to be working with Cary. His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure,” said Eon’s Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli.
Fukunaga, who becomes the first American to direct a Bond movie, is best known for his work on the critically acclaimed first season of “True Detective” and most recently directed the new Netflix series “Maniac” starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.
Boyle stepped away from the film in August over “creative differences” rumored to be related to the script written by his longtime collaborator John Hodge. The “Slumdog Millionaire” director refused to ditch Hodge and instead decided to walk away from the project.
Production on “Bond 25” will begin March 2019.