Just in: Rami Malek is returning to the silver screen in a major way this year, but he’ll be playing a very different role from the one which earned him international acclaim last year and cemented his name in Oscar history.
After much speculation, he’s been officially announced as the newest member of the Bond family. He’ll be starring in the (untitled, as yet) Bond 25 film - alongside fellow new additions Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, Lashana Lynch, David Dencik and Billy Magnussen, with Phoebe Waller-Bridge recruited to join the screenwriting team.
The franchise’s 25th instalment will be directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and will see Daniel Craig reprise his role as the titular character for the fifth and final time. Malek joins a star-studded returning cast, including Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear and Lea Seydoux.
The Bohemian Rhapsody star declared via video message that he is "very much looking forward to joining the whole cast and crew very soon" and that he’ll “be making sure Mr Bond does not have an easy ride”. As per the official plot synopsis, his role is described as "a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology". Bond 25 is slated for release in April 2020 - no further details have been released about Malek's character nor about the plot, but we do know that the film's locations will span Jamaica, Norway, London and Italy.
The Oscar-winning actor spoke about the new venture on Good Morning America, where he also confirmed that it would be Craig's last outing as the British spy.
We can’t wait to see what this new chapter entails for the Egyptian-American star!