With production expected to start this spring, MGM and Eon are getting closer to deciding who will be joining Daniel Craig in his next outing as Agent 007 in the 25th James Bond movie. Billy Magnussen (Into the Woods, The Big Short) is reportedly the top choice to play the Central Intelligence Agency agent.
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.
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Starting with Malek, Variety's report says there is "renewed interest" in hiring Malek to play the villain.
Bond 25 has yet to cast two new female roles, a new MI6 agent and an accomplice to the main villain.
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Another role producers are looking for is an American CIA agent likened to Jeffrey Wright's character in previous movies.
Following Danny Boyle's exit, Bond 25 is now being directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga.
Insiders told Variety that a recent draft of the film Fukunaga submit earlier this year was agreeable with Craig and produicers.
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As for what we do know concretely about Bond 25, it's confirmed that Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Lea Seydoux are coming back to reprise their roles. The upcoming 25th film will be the final one starring Craig as the British super-spy. A recent release date change from February 14 to April 8, 2020, positioned the 25th entry in the series better for the summer season.