Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek in talks to be new James Bond villain
Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek is in talks to the villain in the next James Bond movie.
According to Collider, Malek, who picked up the Best Actor award at the Oscars over the weekend, is in final talks for the role.
It had been thought that the star's shooting schedule on the final season of Mr. Robot would rule him out of contention, but the report states producers have found a way to work around it.
The report also states that Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw and Ralph Fiennes will all return to reprise their roles, while Lupita Nyong’o is being eyed for a role, though she has yet to enter negotiations.
The next James Bond movie, which has the working title of Shatterhand, has already been in news once in the past few days after it was announced the release date been delayed.
It had been due to hit cinemas on February 14th in 2020, a delay from its original release date of November 8th in 2019, but has now slipped again.
The film will now hit cinemas on April 8th in 2020.
As well as this, Scott Z. Burns, writer on Contagion and The Bourne Ultimatum, has been brought in re-work the script.
Burns' arrival is the latest change for the film, which has already seen director Danny Boyle leave and be replaced by True Detective creator Cary Fukunaga.
Boyle had wanted to work with screenwriter John Hodge on the project, but his script was rejected by producers.
Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, the screenwriters on Skyfall and Spectre, were then brought back in, but their new effort does not seem to have satisfied producers and Fukunaga.
Production on the movie, which is widely anticipated to be Daniel Craig's last in the role, is still expected to begin in the first half of this year.