Either Tom Hidddleston got some damning news about his chances to succeed Daniel Craig as the next James Bond, or that trickster god is back at it with the white lies again.
Despite recent reports alleging that Hiddleston was in "advanced talks" for the storied role most recently brought to life by Craig, a panel discussion at this weekend's Wizard World Philadelphia indicated that those talks must have taken a turn for the worse. When asked about any pending casting announcements, particularly of the secret agent mega-franchise variety, the actor who rose to fame playing Loki in Marvel's series of comic adaptations expressed remorse.
"I'm sorry to disappoint you, everybody. I don't think that announcement is coming," he told the crowd of supporters, according to ComicBook.com. "But I'm very gratified to hear the enthusiasm."
The Bond role is one of the most highly speculated-upon parts in show business, with Hiddleston himself having previously called the debates a "favorite pub conversation," and expressing his passion for the role. It is likely to remain the subject of heavy rumors until anything is made official, which begs the question -- what happened?
Have negotiations taken a turn for the worse? Has Craig been brought back into the fold? Was there some hard-ball negotiating afoot? Hiddleston was tight-lipped.
"There's not much that I can say that I haven't already said," he said. "Your guess is as good as mine, to be honest."
Spoken like a man who knows his way around classified information.