Date: 2nd August 2004
Eric Bana is reportedly in talks to star as the next James Bond.
The Australian Incredible Hulk star, beat British actors Jude Law, Orlando Bloom and Ewan McGregor and fellow Aussie Heath Ledger to the coveted role.
According to the News Of The World producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson are said to be confident he'll be the star of the 21st Bond movie.
Thought to be titled The Man With The Red Tattoo, it sees 007 on a mission to save the world from a killer virus. Filming could start as early as September.
An insider said: "Eric is the guy they want but he has a reputation for being demanding. They want to modernise Bond and turn him into a youthful, suave and modern hero to compete with the likes of Spiderman and Keanu in The Matrix."
Brosnan, 50, announced he was quitting the role this week after starring in four Bond movies.
Our source said: "Rumour is he fell out with the producers after demanding more money."
Brosnan complained back in March that he hadn't been asked to play 007 in the 21st film.
He said: "They know where to find me if they want me. I'd love to do another bit. If not, I won't be out of work. The producers asked me back when we finished the last Bond film. I think now there is a sense of paralysis and they're not quite sure how to proceed. But I'll always be James Bond because that is a role you live with for life."
Melbourne-born Eric has also starred Chopper, Black Hawk Down and Troy.
Source: Press Release