Rami Malek Confirmed to Star in Bond 25: See the Full Cast List
By Jackie Willis
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The upcoming James Bond movie is not short on star power!
On Thursday, the cast of the 25th installment of the film franchise was announced, nearly a year after it was confirmed that Daniel Craig would be returning to play 007 for the fifth time. The big reveal was made live at the late Bond author Ian Fleming's Jamaican villa, aptly called GoldenEye, as well as Laughing Waters beach, where Dr. No was filmed.
Joining the movie are Dali Benssalah, Billy Magnussen, Ana de Armas, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch and Oscar winner Rami Malek.
It was already announced that Léa Seydoux would reprise her role as Dr. Madeleine Swann, as would Ralph Fiennes as M, Ben Whishaw as Q and Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny. Jeffrey Wright is also returning as CIA operative Felix Leiter and Rory Kinnear will be back as Bond’s stalwart ally, Tanner.
In addition to the casting news, it was revealed that Bond 25 will be filmed in Jamaica, Norway, London and Italy, but the official title of the film as not revealed.
As for the plot of the movie, it will follow 007 as he comes out of retirement to help a friend.
"Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica," reads a press release for Bond 25. "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."
Back in February, Malek addressed rumors that he was to play the villain in the highly anticipated spy sequel, though his role in the movie has yet to be confirmed.
"We'll have to see about that," he teased to ET. "It would be nice to play a villain."
"That would be an actor's dream, another dream role for me," the 37-year-old actor continued.
Though he hasn't outright confirmed his part in Bond 25, Malek was asked to describe his character in one word while on Thursday's Good Morning America.
"Villainous," he responded.
This will be the first Bond movie to hit theaters since Spectre in 2015. Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct the film.