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According to sources close to Variety, Boyle and the brass at production company Eon Productions were gearing up to select a new Bond girl and a villain in preparation to put Bond 25 behind cameras in December. The news was first announced by the official James Bond page on Twitter, and has since started to make some fans worry about the future of this movie considering that it is slated to begin production in just a few months.

Boyle, who guided the 2008 film Slumdog Millionaire to eight Oscars, was announced in May as the director of the next Bond movie, when producers Broccoli and Wilson described him in a statement as "exceptionally talented".

Daniel Craig is set to return for his fifth stint as 007 in the film.

Boyle officially signed onto the project back in May, with the producers dropping their original script from Bond veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade in favour of a screenplay penned by Boyle's frequent collaborator John Hodge.

MGM and Annapurna Pictures had dated the film for November 8, 2019, with Universal handling global rights.

The film is expected to be Craig's last time playing the spy, having previously starred in Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre. The most recent Bond movie, Spectre, was released in 2015.

Fresh rumors emerged two weeks ago amid reports that Broccoli said it was now "time" for a black actor to take the role.

Evidently, their plan backfired as Sony and Boyle have now parted ways, citing "creative differences".