Rami Malek Has Just Confirmed His Role as the Next Bond Villain

Rumors have been flying around for months but Oscar-winner Rami Malek has finally confirmed it himself: he will be playing a Bond villain in Bond 25. The announcement of its full cast was live-streamed from Ian Fleming’s estate in Jamaica but unfortunately, the Bohemian Rhapsody star could not be in attendance. Instead, he had his own special message to everyone watching at home:

He shared: “I’m stuck here in New York but I am very much looking forward to joining the cast and crew very soon. I will be making sure that Bond does not have an easy ride on his 25th outing, I can’t wait to see you all soon.”

(Who Should be the Next James Bond?)

Malek will be starring alongside returning cast members Daniel Craig (James Bond, obviously), Léa Seydoux (Madeleine Swann) and Ralph Fiennes (M). Naomi Harris, Ben Whishsaw, Rory Kinnear, and Jeffrey Wright will all be coming back as well.

New cast members include Billy Magnussen, David Dencik, Dali Benssalah, Ana de Armas and Lashana Lynch. The film will be helmed by Cary Fukunaga who replaced Danny Boyle following a disagreement with Eon Productions. He has been revising the original script for the past few months.

(Rare James Bond Photos Are Here, And They’re The Coolest Retro Throwback Ever)

Producer Barbara Broccoli teases a little bit about the film by saying:

Bond is not on active service when we start – he’s enjoying himself in Jamaica. We consider it Bond’s spiritual home. He starts his journey here – we’ve built an extraordinary house for him. We’ve got quite a ride in store for Mr Bond.

How do you think Rami Malek will do as a Bond villain? Is it yay or nay for you?