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Last month and after a slew of rumours, former Twilight prodigy Robert Pattinson was cast as the next Batman. While the film community was ultimately split over the decision, it caused a stir of controversy but now with the 32-year-old in the Hollywood spotlight once again, outrage has ensued over a new comment – regarding James Bond.

Current Bond hero Daniel Craig is hanging up the tux following Bond 25 and as the next instalment starts production for release in 2020, questions have been raised over his predecessor. Idris Elba and Henry Cavill were amongst the names suggested for the role – even the likes of Priyanka Chopra and Emilia Clarke rumoured – but now, thanks to former 007 director Danny Boyle, he has thrown Pattinson’s name into the ring.

Speaking with The GuardianBoyle said he thought Pattinson was “ready” for the role after watching the actor in the 2018 film High Life. 

“I was sitting there thinking: ‘Oh my God, they should get him to be the next Bond,'” he told the publication. When asked if the 33-year-old might be a little too fresh-faced to play 007, Boyle didn’t agree. “No, no,” he said. “He must be in his 30s. How old was [Sean] Connery? He’s ready now.”

Connery was 32-years-old when he made his debut to the Bond name in 1962, meaning Pattinson could be in the running. Though before Twitter blows up in a rage, his big-time stint in the upcoming Batman film will definitely be all-consuming.

Set to be directed and written by Boyle as well as longtime collaborator James Hodge, the pair both left the Bond 25 last year due to “creative differences”.

Currently filming in Jamaica, the all-star cast including Rami Malek and Naomie Harris is now directed by Cary Fukunaga, known for his work on True Detective and is written by Scott Z. Burns and Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The film is slated to drop in February, 2020.

Stay tuned for further developments.