According to a report from USAToday, Rami Malek, the star who portrayed Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic, just made his role in the upcoming James Bond movie official.
Malek, who won the Oscar for best actor this past year for Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, just earned the role for the James Bond nemesis in the upcoming “Bond 25” film. The movie is coming out on the 8th of April, 2020, and Rami is officially in it.
Daniel Craig will reprise his role as James one more time, his fifth in total, in the latest installment of the immensely popular franchise. In an announcement video, Malek said he promises everyone that Mr. Bond won’t “have an easy ride” in the movie.
Reportedly, the movie follows James Bond, now retired and living in Jamaica, as he is called into service for the British government to rescue a kidnapped scientist. Some of the other cast members to be featured in Bond 25 include Ana De Armas, Lashana Lynch, David Dencik, as well as Billy Magnussen.
Interestingly, Cary Fukunaga will be the first American to direct a James Bond movie ever since Irvin Kershner, who was at the forefront of Never Say Never Again, with Sean Connery back in 1983. Fukunaga hailed Daniel Craig as his favorite bond.
While Daniel might be his favorite, Craig has actually admitted to being sick of playing James Bond. In past interviews, Daniel said he certainly hoped he wouldn’t be in any more Bond movies. His partner and the mother of his child, Rachel Weisz, is happy about his departure from the series as well.
In one interview, Daniel said Rachel had no problems dealing with fans who asked for a picture or autograph with the actor. Daniel’s fame has grown so exponentially since he took on the James Bond role, that his star power is a bit more than Weisz’s.
Regarding Malek, there’s no question that the actor has to fill some seriously big shoes. The last actor to play a James Bond villain was Christoph Waltz, who came to prominence for his work with Quentin Tarantino in Inglorious Basterds. Before Christoph Waltz, was equally as a versatile actor, Javier Bardem.