Daniel Craig is going from Bond to Lord Asriel and then back to Bond as he has found a way to fill his days between shooting Casino Royale and James Bond 22 by securing a role in the first installment of an intended New Line trilogy based on the Philip Pullman series “His Dark Materials.”
The Golden Compass is being directed by Chris Weitz and Craig will play Lord Asriel, a ruthless and mysterious adventurer who is the uncle of Lyra Belacqua, the young girl who journeys to a parallel universe to save her best friend.
Craig is not the only Casino Royale cast member to star in the film as Bond Girl Eva Green, who plays Vesper Lynd in Royale, plays a witch in Compass who helps the young girl navigate a world filled with shape-shifting and otherworldly creatures.
If the first film does as well as New Line hopes the trilogy will move forward and Craig will have a featured role in all three.
Once filming completes on Compass, which begins on September 4 in the U.K., Craig will return to the tux as he plays James Bond in the 22nd film in the series.