Rami Malek Joins BOND 25 as Villain, and Phoebe Waller-Bridge Co-writes

Just shy of 60 years since James Bond first graced the big screen in Dr. No, the twenty-fifth 007 movie saunters down the pike. (Well, technically it’s the twenty-seventh, but that official list doesn’t account for the original Casino Royale, a spy movie parody, and Sean Connery’s non-canonical return to the suit in 1983’s Never Say Never Again). Though we’re still wanting for an official title, the team behind the latest Bond outing—including franchise producer Barbara Broccoli and the new installment’s director Cary Fukunaga—gathered with a camera crew on the beaches of Jamaica to give fans a few details on the latest outing.

Joining returning players like Daniel Craig, Ralph Feinnes, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, and Jeffrey Wright are a few noteworthy newcomers, not least of all being  Bohemian Rhapsody and Mr. Robot star Rami Malek, who’ll be playing the movie’s chief villain. Accompanying Malek into the spy game for the first time are Billy Magnussen, Blade Runner 2049‘s Ana De Armas, Captain Marvel‘s Lashana Lynch, Top of the Lake‘s David Dencik, and Dali Benssalah.

We also got word of a couple of exciting names who’ll be joining the Bond team behind the scenes. Phoebe Waller-Bridge, creator of Killing Eve and Fleabag, and star of the latter as well as the voice actor behind Solo‘s breakout droid L3-37, will be co-writing the script with Scott Z. Burns, who has written The Bourne Ultimatum as well as several Steven Soderbergh-directed films, namely The Informant!Contagion, and Side Effects. And as we learned in 2018, True Detective‘s Cary Joji Fukunaga will be helming the picture, having replaced Danny Boyle after some backstage shake-ups.

At this point, all we know about the plot is that it will kick off with James Bond estranged from active service and that it will take him to Jamaica, Norway, London, and Matera, Italy.

Images: Sony/20th Century Fox

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