Earlier this month it was announced that the release date for the next James Bond movie (aka Bond 25) had been pushed back a few more months to April 8th, 2020 — this after it had been initially pushed back following the exit of director Danny Boyle and the hiring of Cary Joji Fukunaga to replace him last year. There still isn’t much known about the plot but Scott Z. Burns (Contagion) was recently hired to do a new pass on Fukunaga’s script. Now it appears that casting is finally gearing up as well and a recent Oscar winner is said to be close to playing the main villain while a few other supporting roles are also being filled out. Hit the jump to find out what we know.
According to Collider, Rami Malek is in final talks to play the villain in the as-of-yet untitled Bond 25. He had previously entered discussions for the role but was never offered the part because of a scheduling conflict with the final season of Mr. Robot. Fortunately, the scheduling issue has reportedly been resolved and negotiations are now resuming with Malek potentially demanding a higher paycheck thanks to his recent Oscar win for Bohemian Rhapsody.
Meanwhile, there is also talk that Lupita Nyong’o is being pursued for a key role in the film. In addition, Variety is reporting that Billy Magnussen (Game Night) is the top choice to play a CIA operative who crosses paths with Bond. Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw are all confirmed to be returning. Do you think Rami Malek would make a great Bond villain?