Oscar-winning actor Rami Malek is to play a villain in the 25th official James Bond film, it was confirmed at the movie’s launch event in Jamaica.
Malek won the Academy Award for best actor in February for playing singer Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.
Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge is among the new film’s writers. But the title of the movie, which will be released next April, wasn’t revealed.
It will be Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as 007.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge was responsible for the first series of Killing Eve
What role will Malek play?
The official plot summary mentions “a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology”.
Details of Malek’s character haven’t been revealed and he wasn’t at the official launch on Thursday, but he sent a video message confirming he will play a villain.
“I’m stuck here in New York in production but I’m very much looking forward to joining the whole cast and crew,” said the actor, who is filming TV show Mr Robot.
“I will be making sure Mr Bond does not have an easy ride in this, his 25th outing. See you all soon.”
After watching that, Craig joked that he was “scared” about what lay in store for Ian Fleming’s suave secret agent.
What do we know about the plot?
Bond will again be called upon to save the world from a shadowy adversary – all in a day’s work for 007.
The official plot summary reads: “Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help.
“The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.”
Asked what she could reveal during the launch, producer Barbara Broccoli said: “Bond is not on active service when we start the film. He is actually enjoying himself in Jamaica.
“He starts his journey here. We’ve built an extraordinary house for him… We’ve got quite a ride in store for Mr Bond – and no title, unfortunately.”
Who else is in the cast?
Lea Seydoux appeared with Daniel Craig in 2015’s Spectre
It was also confirmed that Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whishaw will return as M and Q respectively, with Naomie Harris coming back as Moneypenny and Rory Kinnear again playing MI6 chief of staff Bill Tanner.
Lea Seydoux is reprising her Madeleine Swann character from 2015’s Spectre, while Jeffrey Wright is returning as ex-CIA agent Felix Leiter.
As well as Malek, new cast members will include Captain Marvel star Lashana Lynch and Game Night actor Billy Magnussen.
They will be joined by fellow Bond newcomers Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah and David Dencik.
Who is making the film?
Waller-Bridge, who was also behind the first series of Killing Eve, is just the second female writer in Bond history – after Johanna Harwood, who worked on Dr No and From Russia With Love.
The other co-writers on Bond 25 are seasoned Bond scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade along with Scott Z Burns, whose credits include 2007’s The Bourne Ultimatum.
The film is being directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, whose credits include the first series of HBO’s True Detective and Netflix drama Maniac.