Rami Malek Aims to Play James Bond Villain

Rami Malek Aims to Play James Bond Villain

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Fresh from his Oscar win for his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek is reportedly being cast to star as the James Bond villain opposite Daniel Craig in Bond 25.

The creative team is teeming with excitement over the prospect of landing a newly minted Oscar victor, opposite Daniel Craig - all that remains is for the 37-year-old Malek to sign the dotted line, after agreeing to terms over his contract, which is inherently something his management team considered when they delayed their decision. Magnussen has previously worked with Bond 25 writer-director Cary Joji Fukunaga on the Netflix series Maniac, led by Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.

The film hasn't got an official name yet but it is often referred to as "Bond 25" and its working title is "Shatterhand".

The actor told ET what he thought about the rumours: "We'll have to see about that - it would be nice to play a villain, that would be another dream role for me". According to insiders speaking with Variety, Fukunaga lowered the age of the American character, so Magnussen would be fit to play it.

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"We were so excited and no one was able to sleep until the next day", said actor's cousin Fadi Essam. The film is expected to begin filming this spring.

And there's also talk of Fukunaga being the one to work on the script, despite recent reports that Scott Z. Burns had been choppered in to re-write Neal Purvis and Robert Wade's previous draft.

Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, and Naomie Harris will also be reprising their roles in the new installment.

Due to the Bond film's substantial delays ― the release date was most recently pushed back two months in early February ― Malek has now reportedly negotiated a deal that would allow him to appear on the U.S. series as the socially averse computer hacker and also torment Bond in the new film.