It’s been heavily rumored for a while but it is now confirmed that Rami Malek has been cast as the villain in Bond 25. Members of the cast, along with director Cary Fukunaga assembled at the Goldeneye villa in Jamaica where Ian Fleming wrote the Bond novels. Malek wasn’t actually there but sent a video from New York saying, “I will make sure Mr. Bond does not have an easy ride of it.”
Ana De Armas from Blade Runner 2049 and Lashana Lynch from Captain Marvel were also announced as new cast members. Returning cast includes Ralph Fiennes who plays M, Naomie Harris who plays Eve Moneypenny and Ben Wishaw as Q as well as Léa Seydoux who played his love interest Madeleine Swann in Spectre.
Prinicpal photography is set to start and Fukunga confirmed they’d already shot in Norway, would be going back to Pinewood as well as shooting in Cinque Terre in Italy.
We don’t know much about the plot, but producer Barbara Broccoli set the scene, “Bond is not on active service he’s enjoying himself in Jamaica. He starts his journey here. We built an extraordinary house for him. We’ve got quite a ride in store.”
The script is written by Neal Purvis, Robert Wade with rewrites from Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Scott Z. Burns.
What they didn’t announce, though was a title. It’s still just Bond 25 for now. This’ll be Daniel Craig’s last outing as Bond and is likely to form a sort of trilogy with Skyfall and Spectre. This could well mean that Seydoux is in for a bit of fridging, with De Armas or Lynch possibly becoming a new love interest, though that’s not clear.
Casting Malek as a younger Bond baddie is quite an interesting move too and could bring some new energy to the franchise.
Bond 25 opens on April 8th, 2020.