James Bond 25 Could See Rami Malek Star As The Villain
It’s been a momentous year for Rami Malek, the man who can captivate audiences with eyes that seem to perpetually rest in a state of fixed intensity.
After Mr Robot success, Malek transformed before audiences to become Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. With a performance that was so well-researched and technically astute, Malek transported audiences to a time where Queen reigned supreme. Not surprisingly, his performance earned him a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination, and many are sure that an Oscar nomination will also be bestowed to the actor in the near future.
It seems we can’t get enough of Malek as, according to Variety, he could be up for the villain role in Bond 25, too. But complications – which have plagued the latest Bond film from the outset – are making Malek’s casting rather tricky.
Danny Boyle briefly joined the project as director of the 25th James Bond film before pulling out due to a rumoured clash with producers over who would play the villain of the piece. Boyle reportedly wanted Claes Bang to play Bond’s antagonist but ultimately met resistance from Craig and other executives.
Since then, True Detective director Cary Fukunaga has stepped in to take over the directing position. As Variety reports, Fukunaga and Eon Productions have an idea of who they want to play the next Bond bad guy and the name at the top of that list is Malek’s. The catch however, is that Malek is supposed to start filming the last season of Mr Robot for USA Network in March, which would conflict with him joining the Bond 25 cast unless production was pushed back until July when Mr Robot is due to wrap. This all seems unlikely though, given the amount of setbacks Bond 25 has already experienced.
One thing that’s certain is that the Bond villain is crucial to the success of the film. Previous villains like Christopher Waltz, Mads Mikkelsen and Javier Bardem made the role entirely their own, displaying darkness and insanity. While Malek may not be a name associated with villains – given his resume of good-guy characters – his portrayal of disturbed hacker Elliott in Mr Robot shows that he is more than capable of playing the part.
When it comes to the rest of the cast, Daniel Craig is set to return as Bond one final time. News also broke recently that Lea Seydoux would return alongside him as Madeleine Swan. The 25th 007 flick currently has a Valentines Day 2020 release date but with no word on who the villain will be, it seems complications surrounding the project continue for now.