Fresh off his Oscar win for Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek may be turning his talents to another British institution: James Bond.
No, Malek isn't going to be donning the tux once Daniel Craig departs, but instead is being lined up as the main villain for next year's Bond 25, which is going by the working title 'Shatterhand'. The report comes courtesy of Collider, who state that he's in final negotiations, with his team just waiting to see if he won the Oscar in order to give them a greater bargaining chip. It's probably safe to say his price just went up, then.
There's nothing concrete about the villain as yet, but one rumour Collider cites suggests Bond 25 will have a blind man as its antagonist. Wonder Woman's Said Taghmaou said he was in the running for the role back when Danny Boyle was directing the movie, so one thing that seems to have carried over to Cari Joji Fukunaga's vision is that they're after someone of North African descent to play the villain.
In addition to Malek, another name linked with Bond 25 is Billy Magnussen, who recently appeared in Fukunaga's Netflix series Maniac. According to Variety, Magnussen is being eyed to play a CIA operative in the film, although it's unknown at this stage if an offer has been made.
Casting is still ongoing for two female leads, with Collider suggest Lupita Nyong'o is on the wishlist, while Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, and Naomie Harris are all expected to reprise their roles alongside Craig. Bond 25 will open 8 April, 2020.
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