James Bond's Lashana Lynch To Play Miss Honey In Netflix Remake Of Matilda
James Bond star Lashana Lynch is set to play Miss Honey in Netflix's remake of the classic, Matilda.
Lynch, who will star in the highly-anticipated new Bond film No Time To Die, is said to be in final negotiations for the role, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The 33-year-old actor will play the kind teacher Miss Honey, who befriends five-year-old Matilda and helps her to use her powers to overcome the bullies in her school.
Miss Honey, first name Jennifer, was played Embeth Davidtz in the original film, which was directed by and starred Danny DeVito.
Netflix will remake the 1996 feature film, which was adapted from the Roald Dahl book of the same name.
It is to be directed by Matthew Warchus, who also directed the stage musical, while original playwright Dennis Kelly is set to adapt the screenplay with music and lyrics from Australian comedian and musician Tim Minchin.
It will be shown on Netflix following the UK theatrical release - there's no word yet on when this is likely to be.
Lynch will play MI6 agent Nomi in the upcoming Bond film, who takes over the mantel of 007 while Bond is in exile at the start of the film.
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Lashana spilt more details about her role in a new interview with Harper's Bazaar, and addressed the online trolling she faced following the announcement earlier this year.
She said: "I am one Black woman - if it were another Black woman cast in the role, it would have been the same conversation, she would have got the same attacks, the same abuse.
"I just have to remind myself that the conversation is happening and that I'm a part of something that will be very, very revolutionary."
No Time To Die was originally scheduled to come out in April 2020. However, due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the film was delayed until November 2020.
But as England went into its second national lockdown, the film was pushed back yet again.
MGM, Universal and Bond producers, Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, today announced the release of NO TIME TO DIE, the 25th film in the James Bond series, will be delayed until 2 April 2021 in order to be seen by a worldwide theatrical audience. pic.twitter.com/NqHlU24Ho3
- James Bond (@007) October 2, 2020
As it stands, the 25th Bond film is now scheduled for April 2021, a year after its originally release date.
MGM, Universal and Bond producers Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli addressed the delays in a statement on social media.
The statement reads: "We understand the delay will be disappointing to our fans but we now look forward to sharing No Time To Die next year."
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