Rami Malek is rumoured to be lined up to play the villain in the next James Bond film.
Rami Malek To Play The Next Bond Villain?
Rami Malek, who just won the Best Actor Oscar for playing Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, is reportedly undergoing final negotiations for a villain role in the film, known as Bond 25 or Shatterhand.
According to Variety, the 37-year old actor was considered for the role, but as per Collider reports hint that the scheduling issues with Rami Malek’s show Mr. Robot have been worked out, finalising his role.
“Sources tell Collider, however, that Malek’s team at WME has successfully negotiated his shooting schedule to accommodate both productions,” Collider’s Jeff Sneider writes. “There is no deal quite yet, but one is expected to make — the sides just wanted to wait and see whether Malek would win the Oscar, which would, of course, raise his quote.”
We don’t know the exact details on his role in Bond 25 a.k.a Shatterhand, however, the character is reportedly blind, belonging to a North African descent. Malek is also the son of Egyptian immigrants, so it perhaps lines up with his character.
Bond 25: Details and Cast
Bond 25 will be the fifth in the character’s modern incarnation. Actors returning include Daniel Craig, Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Lea Seydoux. Shatterhand will be directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, known for True Detective series and Netlfix’s Maniac.
Craig will be returning for his role as James Bond. However, he has expressed his distaste in playing the role further.
“The best acting is when you’re not concerned about the surface. And Bond is the opposite of that,” Craig told Time Out in 2015. “You have to be bothered about how you’re looking. It’s a struggle. I know that how Bond wears a suit and walks into a room is important. But as an actor I don’t want to give a f— about what I look like! So I have to play with both things. In a way that works, as that’s Bond: he looks good and he doesn’t give a f— what you think he looks like!”
He also stated that he cannot imagine doing another Bond film after 2015’s Spectre.
“Now? I’d rather break this glass and slash my wrists,” he said. “No, not at the moment. Not at all. That’s fine. I’m over it at the moment. We’re done. All I want to do is move on.”
However, Craig has since change his tune. He appeared in The Late Show in 2017 and revealed that he’s ready to return and regretted his remarks.
“I think this is it. I just want to go out on a high note. I can’t wait,” he said. “There’s no point in making excuses about (my remarks). It was two days after I finished shooting the last movie. Instead of saying something with style and grace, I gave a really stupid answer.”