"Legend" - UK Premiere - Red Carpet ArrivalsHugh Jackman has already thrown his hat into the ring of candidates who'd consider joining the James Bond film franchise when current star Daniel Craig finishes his contract. And now, another actor -- and increasingly popular contender -- has also announced he'd be interested.

In an interview with Sky News, Tom Hardy was asked about starring in the venerable spy series, and his response should make his fans happy.

"I think anybody would consider doing Bond, wouldn't they?" Hardy told the TV channel.

Sky News's report also noted that Hardy didn't answer a query about whether or not he's already been approached about the role; could that mean that the actor has indeed had discussions with Sony about the possibility?

As we reported last week, Hardy is a rising star when it comes to Bond speculation, surpassing other favorites like Henry Cavill and Michael Fassbender in the betting odds rankings. Could he use that newfound momentum -- and this carefully-placed comment in the press -- to help him land the part? What about Jackman's chances? And furthermore, what about the man who got this recent conversation started in the first place, the definitely not "too street"Idris Elba?

With the way this story has dominated headlines, it looks like there will be plenty of speculation to keep us busy before Sony makes any announcements. Stay tuned.

[via: Sky News]

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