​James Bond Bosses Reportedly Trying To Cast Rami Malek As Villain

While most of the talk surrounding the James Bond franchise has honed in on who's likely to play 007, many of us have neglected to think about Daniel Craig's final outing in the role - the forthcoming Bond 25, about which we still know very little ahead of its shoot next spring.

We know that the 25th Bond film will see Craig reprise his role as the dapper spy for one last time, and Variety recently reported that Léa Seydoux will also revisit her character from Spectre, psychologist Madeleine Swann.

But perhaps even more interestingly, the magazine also claims that Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek has been thrown into the mix as our potential next villain.

Insiders close to Bond 25 apparently told Variety that Malek was being 'eyed for the villain role'. However, his schedule for the last season of Mr Robot, which shoots between March and July, makes it 'unlikely' that he'll be able to accept the gig even if offered.

In spite of that, Ladbrokes has put Rami Malek as the 3/1 favourite to be named the next Bond villain, so maybe there's hope yet.

Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. Credit: 20th Century Fox
Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury in 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. Credit: 20th Century Fox

He's also got the power of the people behind him, as proven by excited chat on social media.

One person tweeted: "110% down for Rami Malek as a Bond villain."

Another commented: "Rami Malek is rumored to be up for a Bond villain role Yes please!"

Someone else wrote: "Grew up watching 007, and Rami Malek playing the villain in the Bond film, could be interesting. He needs to play a villain every now and again."

A fourth added: "Let's just hope the scheduling works out."

Others suggested maybe Malek shouldn't be our new Bond villain, but perhaps the new 007 himself.

"Better to have him AS Bond, he's shown his diversity as an actor so far @ItsRamiMalek," one said.

Another added: "Rumoured to be playing a James Bond villian why don't you just play James Bond instead @ItsRamiMalek #JamesBond."

Malek is particularly hot property at the moment, following his incredible turn as the late Freddy Mercury in Queen musical Bohemian Rhapsody.

As well as receiving praise from the band's guitarist Brian May - and pretty much everyone else in the world - Malek has also landed himself a Golden Globe nomination for his performance in the film, which was released at the end of October.

One Twitter user pitched the idea that Malek combined both worlds, suggesting the actor gets involved in the spy franchise 'only if he can sing the bond theme song as Freddy Mercury...'

Now THAT idea we are into.

Featured Image Credit: PA

Jess Hardiman

Jess Hardiman is a journalist who graduated from Manchester University with a BA in Film Studies, English Language and Literature, and has previously worked for Time Out and The Skinny among others.

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