Rami Malek is reportedly in final negotiations to play a villain in the upcoming Bond 25. The Egyptian-American actor, who recently took home the Academy Award for Best Actor during the 2019 Oscars for his portrayal of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, has been one of the top choices for the film’s producers, but the decision was up-in-the-air as Malek is also shooting the final season of Mr. Robot. But, Collider reports that the recent Oscar winner has cleared his shooting schedule surrounding the American drama series, in which he plays a computer programmer named Elliot. Moroccan actor Said Taghmaoui was previously under consideration for the role.
Should recent reports be accurate, Malek would join a superstar cast that includes the likes of Lea Seydoux as Dr. Madeleine Swann, Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, and Ben Whishaw as Q. Sources also claimed that Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o was “being courted to join the Bond film” as the lead actress. Though, her team has denied that she’ll be joining the cast, saying that “It won’t work out with her, ” the Cary Fukunaga-directed film is due to land in theaters on February 14, 2020.
Malek will be joining an impressive list of past villains played by Javier Bardem and Christoph Waltz who, coincidently, were both cast in the James Bond films following their wins at the Academy Awards.