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Oscar-winner Rami Malek in talks to play the next James Bond villain

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Rami Malek was the champion of the 2019 Oscars, clinching Best Actor for his terrific portrayal of Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

And clearly the makers of Bond 25, which is going by the working title of Shatterhand, want to inject a bit of Oscar-winning prestige into the new 007 movie – because Malek is currently in talks to play the villain.

According to Collider, Malek could potentially square off against Daniel Craig's 007. It's rumoured to be the final outing for Craig as Her Majesty's finest secret agent, having portrayed Bond in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre.

Trade publication Variety has also revealed that several new characters are set to join the cast of Shatterhand. These include two new female roles, an MI6 agent and another agent akin to Olga Kurylenko's Camille in Quantum of Solace.

We're also going to get another character similar to CIA agent Felix Leiter, played in the first two Craig movies by Jeffrey Wright. Actor Billy Magnussen, famous for Into the Woods and Velvet Buzzsaw, is said to be in talks for the role.

The latest Bond movie has seen its share of ups and downs over the last year, with original director Danny Boyle giving way to Maniac and True Detective's Cary Fukunaga. The release date has also been pushed back from February 2020 to 8th April 2020, and there are now rumours Neal Purvis and Robert Wade's script is being revised by Contagion's Scott Z. Burns.

Shatterhand sees Craig reunite with Lea Seydoux as Madeleine Swann, Ralph Fiennes as M, Ben Whishaw as Q and Naomie Harris as Moneypenny.

As mentioned, the movie is set for release on 8th April 2020, with production set to begin at Pinewood Studios imminently. Tweet us @Cineworld with your thoughts on Rami Malek as the possible new James Bond villain.