Rami Malek opens up about his new role as the James Bond villain
Rami Malek has opened up about his new role in the forthcoming James Bond movie.
The new Bond film, which is still untitled, will see Malek, Ana De Armas and Lashana Lynch join the cast, while Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Leya Seydoux and Jeffrey Wright will be returning to star. It is currently in production.
Both Scott Z.Burns and Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge have been named as writers along with director Cary Fukunaga and long-time 007 scribes Robert Wade and Neal Purvis.
Malek's role is still largely under wraps, but he did give a few details on his character in an interview published by the Daily Mirror.
Asked about the role, Malek explained that he was keen to keep religion out of things, saying: “It’s a great character and I’m very excited. But that was one thing that I discussed with Cary. I said, ‘We cannot identify him with any act of terrorism reflecting an ideology or a religion."
He continued: "That’s not something I would entertain, so if that is why I am your choice then you can count me out’. But that was clearly not his vision. So he’s a very different kind of terrorist."
The Bohemian Rhapsody star also opened up about the weight of expectations of the role, adding: "It’s another extremely clever script from the people who have figured out exactly what people want in those movies. But I feel a substantial weight on my shoulders. I mean, Bond is something that we all grow up with.”
The new Bond movie's official synopsis reads as follows:
"Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica. 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..."
The as yet untitled movie will hit cinemas on April 3rd in the UK and in the US on April 8th in 2020.