Some big Bond 25 news hit earlier today as EON Productions and MGM announced the full cast and first plot details for the new film, which starts filming in Jamaica on April 28th. Daniel Craig is returning as Bond, obviously, but the big confirmation was reigning Best Actor Oscar winner Rami Malek signing on as the film’s villain. Malek had been eyed for the role months ago, but reports swirled that production on the final season of Mr. Robot would prevent him from starring. However, we at Collider exclusively revealed in late February that Malek was able to work out his schedule and was in final negotiations to take on the Bond role.
Today, as part of the big announcement, Malek went on Good Morning America to talk about the opportunity to join the iconic franchise. In so doing, he confirmed that Bond 25 will indeed be Daniel Craig’s final film as James Bond, as was previously rumored.
“I think Daniel has just done such an astounding job with just making him in a way relatable. Obviously there’s a lot of things that none of us can do as James Bond, but he brings this class to it but this human factor, and he’s kind of cynical at the same time and ruthless, but you’re always rooting for him. He’s been terrific. It’ll be very interesting to go up against that man… It’s gonna be thrilling, and it’s Daniel’s last film. But I’m gonna give him a run for it.”
Malek went on to cite Dr. No as one of his favorite Bond films, which is interesting given that production is kicking off where that first James Bond movie was filmed. Could we be in for a riff on Dr. No of sorts with Bond 25? Hmm…
True Detective and Maniac filmmaker Cary Joji Fukunaga is at the helm of the film, with a script credited to Bond veterans Neil Purvis and Robert Wade, Scott Z. Burns (who reportedly reworked the script heavily), Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and Fukunaga himself. The currently untitled sequel will hit theaters on April 3, 2020.
Check out Malek’s appearance on GMA below, along with another video shared by the official James Bond social channels. And for more Bond fun, click here for our ranking of every Bond movie thus far.
— James Bond (@007) April 25, 2019