Fresh off of his Oscars win for Best Actor thanks to Bohemian Rhapsody, actor Rami Malek is reportedly now in “final negotiations” to play a villain in the upcoming James Bond film, Bond 25.
Is there anything Malek can’t do?
According to “well-placed sources”, the Collider reports that Malek is set up to play the lead villain in the new 007 film, which is expected to be Bond actor Daniel Craig’s last go at the role.
Variety had previously reported that Malek was being eyed for the role, but his shooting schedule for Mr. Robot conflicted with the film. He was also never “officially” offered the part.
Now it seems his newly-acquired Oscars status might have helped seal the deal, with WME negotiating the shooting schedule to allow Malek to work on both productions.
Production for Bond 25 is now set to begin in April, with the film’s release date being pushed back to April 2020 after reports of script rewrites.
No real details about the villain role have been revealed, although rumors are speculating that the character could be blind.
A heartfelt Oscars speech from Rami Malek
The film was nominated for five awards including Best Picture. It won four out of five of those awards.
“We made a film about a gay man, an immigrant who lived his life just unapologetically himself,” Malek said about Mercury.
In a heartfelt speech, Oscar winner Rami Malek praises his mom, says he knows his dad is looking down on him, thanks Queen, and says the world "is longing for stories" about people being "unapologetically" themselves.
— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 25, 2019
The film won for both Sound Editing and Sound Mixing. John Warhurst bragged about working with the band when he accepted the Editing award.
Sound engineer Paul Massey gave a “massive shoutout to Brian May and Roger Taylor.”
The film also took home the award for Best Film Editing, although many had questioned that win after watching a particular scene within the movie.
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