Actor, 32, named as surprise frontrunner to be next James Bond producers ‘love him’

Aaron Taylor-Johnson has been named as one of the frontrunners in line to replace Daniel Craig as the next James Bond.

The actor, 32, has emerged as a surprise favourite to take over the character in the eponymous film franchise after it was reported he had taken part in a screen test.

He is not as well-known as the other actors who have been tipped to take on the role, including Tom Hardy, James Norton and Idris Elba.

However, his acting credits are by no means short, having starred in the Kick-Ass films, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Godzilla.

A source reportedly revealed that Aaron had impressed Bond boss, Barbara Broccoli, during his trial, which took place at Pinewood Studios.

One insider told The Sun : “Aaron went for a screen test to be the next Bond in September and producers and Barbara loved him.

“He is now one of the frontrunners.”

The film’s producers have also reportedly said that they are looking for a younger Bond, someone in their 30s, like Aaron, which would knock the current favourites out of the running.

Aaron’s career debut came in the TV series Armadillo back in 2001, before going on to star in other shows such as The Bill and Casualty.

He starred in the 2009 film, Nowhere Boy, a biopic about John Lennon and went on to marry the film’s director, Sam Taylor-Johnson, 55.

The High Wycombe born actor has recently been filming action movie The Fall Guy, and was pictured on set in Sydney last week.

Encased in a pair of tight leather trousers, Aaron flaunted his eight-pack abs while preparing to shoot a scene on a yacht alongside Ryan Gosling.

In order to get pumped up for the scenes, Aaron did a series of pushups.

The Fall Guy is an adaption of the TV series with the same name, which first came out in 1981 and ended in 1986.

It is centred on a stuntman who led a double life.

Ryan Gosling is starring in the lead role of the stuntman, as Aaron plays the movie star he doubles.

The film is a reunion for Aaron and director David Leitch, as the actor starred in the former’s last film, Bullet Train.