By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Columbia Pictures.
Daniel Craig as Bond
The debate on Daniel Craig as Bond has flooded
the media. With Casino
Royale set to be released in November, Craig still has some
time before he has to prove himself as the next 00. For now, however, the
actor is picking up some other, major, roles.
Daniel Craig Joins The Golden Compass
According to Variety, New Line has picked up Daniel
Craig to star in The Golden Compass, the first installment
of an intended trilogy based on the Philip Pullman series His Dark Materials.
Chris Weitz will also write and direct.
Craig will play Lord Asriel, a ruthless and mysterious adventurer who is
the uncle of Lyra Belacqua, the young girl who journeys to a parallel universe
to save her best friend.
Eva Green must have talked Craig up, having worked with the actor on Casino
Royale. Eva will play a witch who helps the young girl navigate
a world filled with shape-shifting and otherworldly creatures.
If New Line goes forward with all three installments of Pullman's literary
trilogy, Craig's character will be a fixture of each, based on Asriel's
role in the Pullman books.
Daniel Craig is the fourth major addition with Nicole Kidman, Eva Green
and Dakota Blue Richards already on board for the film's September 4th start
Craig will shoot the film and then return for the 22nd installment of the
James Bond series, which has already been stamped with a May 2, 2008, release
The Golden Compass will be released on December of 2007.