Actor Rami Malek could soon be swapping prosthetic teeth for a white cat. Fresh off his Oscar win for playing Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, Malek is rumored to be in “final negotiations” to play the villain in the upcoming 25th James Bond movie. “Well-placed sources” told Collider that Malek’s people were waiting for the outcome of the Best Actor race at the Academy Awards to see if they could “raise his quote.”
It had been previously reported that scheduling conflicts had ruled Malek out of Bond 25, which will be helmed by Cary Joji Fukunaga. However, Collider’s sources claim that talent agency WME have been able to work out a shooting schedule which will accommodate both Bond 25 and Malek’s existing commitments to the final season of Amazon Prime series Mr Robot.
Malek’s star has risen far and fast since his appearances in the Twilight and Night At The Museum film series; in addition to playing the lead in Mr Robot alongside Christian Slater, he has worked on remakes of Oldboy and Papillon, and voiced eccentric show-runner Flip McVicker in the fifth season of Netflix’s BoJack Horseman. His next confirmed role is that of Chee-Chee the gorilla in 2020’s The Voyage of Doctor Dolittle.
Damn, Rami’s career is like rocket science. I remember when he was playing as Benjamin in Breaking Dawn. Now he got an Oscar and playing as villain in Bond 25. 👏 https://t.co/Yu8mLTrHEV
The Bond franchise has a history of tapping Oscar-winning actors to play the baddie. Javier Bardem, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor in No Country For Old Men, went on to play Raoul Silva in 2012’s Skyfall, which in turn earned him a BAFTA and SAG nomination in the Best Supporting Actor category. And Christoph Waltz, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor twice for his performances in Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained, eventually played 007’s nemesis Ernst Stavro Blofeld in 2015’s Spectre.
While the plot of the new 007 adventure remains a secret, we do know that Daniel Craig will be reprising the titular role, although this is expected to be the last time he will appear in the franchise. Other returning cast members in Bond 25 will include Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Ben Whishaw as Q, Ralph Fiennes as M, and Lea Seydoux as Madeleine Swann.
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