‘No Time to Die’ Release Pushed Back to 2021

“No Time to Die,” the latest James Bond installment, will be postponed until next year, the filmmakers announced Friday.

The film, starring Daniel Craig in his final stint as the agent formerly known as 007, is expected to hit theaters April 2, 2021, a year later than initially planned. “No Time to Die,” back in March, was the first major tentpole to shift its release date as cases of coronavirus began to spread. It was then supposed to premiere in the U.K. on Nov. 12 and in North America on Nov. 20.

The decision to move the upcoming Bond entry into next year is not entirely surprising considering New York and Los Angeles, the two biggest U.S. markets, are closed and coronavirus cases in Europe have started to rise again. Given Bond’s global appeal, the sequel’s backers wanted to wait until audiences across the world felt safe returning to theaters.

“MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, today announced the release of ‘No Time To Die,’ the 25th film in the James Bond series, will be delayed until 2 April in order to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience,” the filmmakers said in a statement. “We understand the delay will be disappointing to our fans but we now look forward to sharing ‘No Time To Die’ next year.”

Cary Joji Fukunaga directed “No Time to Die,” with Rami Malek set as Bond’s adversary Safin, Léa Seydoux returning as Bond’s love interest and Lashana Lynch playing a new ’00 agent. The cast also includes Ana de Armas, Ben Whishaw and Christoph Waltz.

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