Rami Malek, Bond villain? It may happen, as Variety reports the recent Oscar winner and Bohemian Rhapsody star is in talks for the heel role in Bond 25.
It’s not a shock to find out that Malek’s Best Actor victory for his performance as Queen frontman Freddie Mercury has opened some doors, and Bond producers are said to be eager to land him for the film. There isn’t much that can top winning an Oscar but landing a major role in a Bond movie is a pretty good way to follow that up.
Possibly joining him is Billy Magnussen, the fan-favorite actor best known for his scene-stealing comedy performances. He’s been extra busy of late, appearing in films such as Game Night, The Oath, and Velvet Buzzsaw. If signed he’d play a CIA operative who crosses paths with Daniel Craig’s 007.
Other roles needing to be filled are two Bond Girls, one a villain and another who may be a fellow agent. While recent rumors have Lupita Nyong’o eyed for one of them, nobody is officially on board as of yet.
Bond 25 will be directed by Cary Jo Fukunaga with a script by Scott Z. Burns, and opens February 14th 2020.