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Daniel Craig Joins Steven Soderbergh’s ‘Logan Lucky,’ Adds Some Fuel to the Bond Fire

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This whole “will they or won’t they” thing between Daniel Craig and the James Bond franchise has become more ridiculous than Ross and Rachel. And now Craig is adding a bit more fuel to the Bond-fire as the actor is preparing to join the cast of Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky, making his return to the world of 007 seem increasingly unlikely.

Per Deadline, Craig and Katherine Heigl are finalizing deals to join Soderbergh’s new film, described as a hillbilly heist project about a pair of brothers in the south who attempt to pull off an ambitious robbery during a NASCAR game. Soderbergh is reportedly heading into production on the film this weekend, marking his first feature directorial effort since HBO’s Behind the Candelabra.

Logan Lucky reunites Soderbergh with Magic Mike’s Channing Tatum and also stars Adam Driver, Seth MacFarlane and Riley Keough — the latter of whom appears on the Soderbergh-produced Starz series The Girlfriend Experience, based on the director’s film of the same name.

As for Craig, there’s been no official word on his return to the Bond franchise, and his casting in Logan Lucky only adds to speculation that he’s finished with 007. If a recent rumor is to be believed, Craig turned out a hefty payday to reprise his role as the iconic spy. Deadline adds that Jamie Bell is in early talks to replace Craig, while Tom Hiddleston has been the heavy favorite among fans and bookies alike.

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