Bond 25: Rami Malek Reportedly In Talks To Be The Villain

Oscar Cross
March 1, 2019

Variety reports Eon Productions and MGM have long sought Malek to play the villain in the 25th 007 flick, but have been unable to pin him down due to scheduling conflicts, primarily due to his ongoing work on television drama Mr. Robot. Insiders say, before coming on to "Bond 25", Fukunaga had already tried to cast him in his Leonard Bernstein pic, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, that was shelved, and that Fukunaga's most recent draft had the character written younger to fit Magnussen's age.

That brings us to the Central Intelligence Agency agent role, for which Magnussen is reportedly "top choice", per Variety.

No details have yet been revealed about the character that Malek would play - though the report suggests that it could be a blind man, which would continue the tradition of Bond villains who come with distinctive physical traits.

"Bond 25", which is set to be Daniel Craig's final mission, has undergone multiple failed launches since it was announced in 2017 with "Slumdog Millionaire" director Danny Boyle at the helm.

Universal will be handling worldwide distribution on "Bond 25", while MGM oversees domestic in partnership with Annapurna through the new United Artists Releasing label. It contained no significant changes, despite rumours of big changes, according to Variety.

"We were so excited and no one was able to sleep until the next day", said actor's cousin Fadi Essam.

Collider says we're about to see a Rami Malek Bond villain: the Bohemian Rhapsody star is in final negotiations to play the baddie in the new film, which will be directed by Beasts of No Nation helmer Cary Joji Fukunaga.

Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes and Lea Seydoux will all return in the new movie. A recent release date change from February 14 to April 8, 2020, positioned the 25th entry in the series better for the summer season.

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