Rami Malek has been confirmed for Bond 25 and he will play the villain. The cast announcement came as part of the live event held in Jamaica to launch the new film ahead of its April 2020 release. Oscar winner Rami Malek, Captain Marvel star Lashana Lynch and Game Night actor Billy Magnussen will all join the cast of Bond 25, director Cary Joji Fukunaga confirmed.
Fukunaga also confirmed that Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Naomie Harris and Jeffrey Wright would reprise their roles in the series. Malek has long been rumoured to join the cast with sources saying he was being touted for the baddie role. Malek sent a video message as he's in production in New York. He said, "I'm very much looking forward to joining the cast and crew very soon, I will be making sure that Bond does not have an easy ride of it in his 25th outing."
James Bond producer Michael G Wilson has confirmed that Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge has been brought in to work on the script for Bond 25. Producer Barbara Broccoli spoke about the film's plot, saying, "Well, Bond is not on active service when we start the film. He is enjoying himself in Jamaica". She said they considered Jamaica to be Bond's "spiritual home" and added, "We start his journey here. We've got quite a ride in store for Mr Bond". She also said the film is as yet untitled.
It's been a long wait for a title after the production was delayed and the release of the film pushed back from November to February 2020, then again to April 2020. There have been a few hiccups along the way with Danny Boyle exiting as director over "creative differences" thought to be him wanting to kill off 007. Cary Fukunaga has taken over as director and has already been seen scouting locations.
Bond 25 is released in cinemas in the UK in April, 2020.