Rami Malek confirmed as the next James Bond villain
Oscar-winning actor Rami Malek is due to play a villain, in the 25th official James Bond film.
Malek, who won an Oscar for Best Actor in February for his portrayal of rock star Freddie Mercury in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, will play the villainous lead in Daniel Craig's fifth and final outing as 007.
See what Malek had to say about these James Bond rumours back in January:
The news of Malek's casting was made public at the movie's launch event in Jamaica. Malek wasn't able to intend in person, but he did send a video message, in which he stated: "I'm stuck here in New York in production but I'm very much looking forward to joining the whole cast and crew. I will be making sure Mr Bond does not have an easy ride in this, his 25th outing. See you all soon."
Commenting on the movie's plot, producer Barbara Broccoli stated: "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."
Watch this incredible footage of Rami Malek's performance in Bohemian Rhapsody:
Phoebe Waller-Bridge, the creator of Fleabag and Killing Eve, is all set to join the new film's writers. However, the title of the movie, due to be released next April, has not been disclosed. Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whishaw will return as M and Q respectively, alongside Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny.