Cary Joji Fukunaga will become the first American to direct a James Bond movie, the franchise’s producers announced Thursday.
Fukunaga will replace British director Danny Boyle for the storied spy franchise’s 25th instalment set for release on February 14, 2020.
His surprise selection to direct Daniel Craig in his final outing as 007 comes after after Boyle quit the project last month over “creative differences” with the producing team.
“We are delighted to be working with Cary,” Michael G. Wilson, Barbara Broccoli and Craig announced on Twitter.
“His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond
Fukunaga is best known for directing the first season of the Emmy Award-winning series “True Detective” and Netflix’s first feature film “Beasts of No Nation” starring British actor Idris Elba — long tipped as a future 007.
The director partnered with the streaming service again on “Maniac”, a hotly anticipated 10-episode series set for release later this year.
Born in California to a Japanese-American father and Swedish-American mother, Fukunaga first gained recognition for the 2009 Spanish language film “Sin Nombre”, which depicted the violent world of Central American gangs — and an obsessive attention to detail that he has since become known for.