In exciting news, Rami Malek has been confirmed to play the role of the villain in the unnamed 25th James Bond movie. The Egyptian-American actor who is the first Arab to win an Academy Award for Best Actor will play the 007’s nemesis opposite Daniel Craig who will be reprising his role as James Bond for the last time.
Following his performance as Queen’s Freddie Mercury in the movie, Bohemian Rhapsody, which won him the award at the 2019 Oscars, Malek had been one of the top choices for the film’s producers. Moroccan actor Said Taghmaoui was previously under consideration for the role. The Los-Angeles born actor, who is also filming the final season of his TV series, Mr. Robot had reportedly cleared his shooting schedule surrounding the American drama.
The 25th Bond movie set partly in Jamaica will have a superstar cast of Lea Seydoux as Dr. Madeleine Swann, Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, and Ben Whishaw as Q. For Malek, the role is being described as “a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology”, while the actor himself in an Instagram cast announcement video said, “I will be making sure Mr. Bond will not have an easy ride of it.”