It’s official: Rami Malek is joining Daniel Craig in the latter’s fifth and final James Bond movie.
This was announced in a 20-minute video live-streamed from Jamaica — at GoldenEye, Bond creator Ian Fleming’s villa — on Thursday (Apr 25, 8.10pm Singapore time) where production for the 25th Bond movie is set to start.
While director Gary Joji Fukunaga (True Detective) and producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson didn’t reveal the title, they did confirm the cast. Joining Craig are series regulars Naomie Harris (as Moneypenny), Ralph Fiennes (M), Ben Whishaw (Q), Jeffrey Wright (CIA agent Felix Leiter), and Rory Kinnear (MI6 Chief of Staff Bill Tanner).
Spectre's Lea Seydoux will reprise her role as Madeleine Swann. The ‘newcomers’ are Ana De Armas, Billy Magnussen, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch, and Rami Malek. No word about their roles but it’s pretty clear that Malek is the main baddie. In a pre-recorded message, the Bohemian Rhapsody star says, “I promise you all I’ll be making sure Mr Bond does not have an easy ride in his 25th outing?”
What’s the new movie about? According to the official log-line: “Bond has left active service. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.”
Asked what he’ll bring to the table, Fukunaga, 41, who was hired after Danny Boyle quit the project last September and is the first American to helm a Bond flick, says, “I want to make sure that this run of films are fantastic and have a really great next chapter, just keep upping the ante, so who’s ever [directing] next have a harder job.”
Besides Jamaica, Bond 25 will be filmed at UK's Pinewood Studios, and in London; Olso, Norway; and Matera, Italy. You can watch the entire production launch video here.
Bond 25 will open in Apr 2020.
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