Date: 27th July 2004

Orlando to play young James Bond

Orlando Bloom is to play a young James Bond in a new film about the secret agent's early years.

According to The Evening Standard the British actor has been signed by Miramax to star in the movie, about Bond's college days after being expelled from Eton.

Orlando was rumoured to be taking over the role of James Bond from Pierce Brosnan in the next film due out next November.

Bond producers are said to be looking for a new leading man and Orlando has been tipped for the part.

He is currently filming Elizabethtown opposite Kirsten Dunst and Alec Baldwin.

Source: Press Release