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News! Rami Malek confirmed for Bond 25


OK, so the Bond 25 title wasn't revealed during today's much-vaunted press conference from Jamaica. But some juicy nuggets of info were teased out as the latest 007 movie enters production.

For starters, long-held rumours of actor Rami Malek's involvement were confirmed – his character remains elusive, but in a video message he promised that 007 "would not have an easy ride of it". No doubt the Bohemian Rhapsody Oscar-winner will be a deadly and charismatic antagonist opposite the returning Daniel Craig, who takes a bow in his final Bond movie.

Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Moneypenny, Ben Whishaw as Q, Rory Kinnear as Tanner and Lea Seydoux as Madeleine Swann are all confirmed as returning. And Jeffrey Wright (The Hunger Games) is set to make his first appearance as CIA agent Felix Leiter since 2008's Quantum of Solace.

They're joined by Captain Marvel's Lashana Lynch, Blade Runner 2049's Ana De Armas, Into the Woods' Billy Magnussen, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy's David Dencik and Nox's Dali Benssalah – again, character details were non-existent.

Director Cary Fukunaga (True Detective, Beasts of No Nation, Maniac), along with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson, did let slip that the start of the movie sees 007 off-duty in Jamaica, the spiritual home of Bond where author Ian Fleming wrote all the original novels. (Skip to the end of the video below to get a time-lapse of the set being constructed.)

The official synopsis runs thusly: "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." 

Filming is also set to take place at London's Pinewood Studios and Italy. (Second unit photography has already been completed in Norway.) Written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, Scott Z. Burns and Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Bond 25 is released on 3rd April 2020. Let us know @Cineworld if it's on your must-see list.