Susanne Bier May Helm The Next Bond Film?

Adding fuel to all the Tom Hiddleston as James Bond fire comes word that acclaimed Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier (“After the Wedding,” “In a Better World”) has made the shortlist as one of the leading contenders to direct the next entry in the 007 franchise.

RadioTimes broke the news, saying Bier is among a ‘handful’ of names making up producer Barbara Broccoli’s shortlist to inherit the directing gig from Sam Mendes who directed the last two and made it clear this week he’s done with the franchise for now – much like its star Daniel Craig.

If Bier gets the job it would make her the first woman ever to helm a James Bond movie. Bier has just come off helming BBC1’s acclaimed espionage drama series “The Night Manager” which starred Hiddleston in a mini-series which has frequently been dubbed as the actor’s “audition for Bond” in numerous reviews.

The next film in the series isn’t slated to go into production until late next year so there’s still plenty of time for things to develop or change in the case of this movie.