The French actress has reportedly been tapped to play the latest Bond film’s femme fatale du jour, following in the iconic footsteps of actresses such as Diana Rigg, Jane Seymour, Famke Janssen, Denise Richards, Halle Berry, and Eva Green — just to name a few in a long list of women who have played the female counterparts to Bond’s debonair and dashing super-spy.
But Seydoux is no slouch, either, having received serious accolades for her work in Blue is the Warmest Color, a controversial French film about one young girl’s sexual awakening and coming-of-age. At Last year’s Cannes the jury was so impressed with Seydoux and her co-star Adèle Exarchopoulos’ performances as lovers in the film, they insisted the actresses share the festival’s highest honor, the Palme d’Or, with director Abdellatif Kechiche. A first in the history of the award.
If confirmed, Seydoux will join not only Craig, but returning castmates Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, and Naomie Harris in the not-yet-officially-titled 24th installment of the Bond story. Based on the stories of author Ian Fleming, the Sam Mendes-directed iteration is slated for a 2015 release. Mendes — who also directed Skyfall — has previously stated that the new installment will be the second part of the Skyfall story.
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