There is increased speculation about Daniel Craig's future as James Bond with the news that the 007 star has been lined up for the lead role in Purity, a new TV series based on the Jonathan Franzen novel of the same name.

US trade daily Variety says that multiple bidders including Netflix and US cable network Showtime are in talks to bring the series to the screen. Franzen and In the Bedroom director Todd Field are the writers on the series, with Field also set to direct.

Jonathan Franzen

Purity would mark Craig's first US TV series. His big breakthrough came in the classic BBC series Our Friends in the North in 1996. In Purity he would play Andreas Wolf, the founder of a WikiLeaks-style website who promises to help the titular character find her father. 

While talks are at an early stage, industry sources have pointed to a 20 episode order for Purity. However, it is reported that no decision has been reached on whether Craig will hang up his shoulder holster as Bond or find a way to commit to both productions.

The 47-year-old has starred in four Bond movies: Casino Royale in 2006, Quantum of Solace in 2008, Skyfall in 2012 and SPECTRE last year. 

Daniel Craig in SPECTRE

In an interview with Time Out magazine in October, Craig said that he would rather "slash my wrists" than play the role again but was more measured in other interviews. Last week bookies slashed the odds on BBC's War and Peace star James Norton becoming the next Bond.

James Norton