Bond 25: Rami Malek to join the 007 family

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On Thursday, the cast of the 25th installment of the film franchise was announced, almost a year after it was confirmed that Daniel Craig would be returning to play 007 for the fifth time. No and Live and Let Die.

Oscar victor Rami Malek, Captain Marvel star Lashana Lynch and Game Night actor Billy Magnussen will all join the cast of Bond 25, director Cary Joji Fukunaga said. "Bond does not have an easy ride of it in this, his 25th outing", Malek said in a video message about the film.

It will be Craig's fifth outing as the slick sleuth and is expected to be his last after previous instalments Casino Royale, Quantum Of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre. Could we be in for a riff on Dr. No of sorts with Bond 25? Hmm... Jeffrey Wright is returning as Central Intelligence Agency operative Felix Leiter and Rory Kinnear will be back as Bond's stalwart ally, Tanner. "He's just been phenomenal in the role", said Broccoli. And that's it. Guess we're back to waiting again. Producer Barbara Broccoli delved into why it was important to come back. The team very well could have kept their heads down, not spoken about the film as openly as they did during this on-location broadcast, and waited until Bond 25 wrapped filming to reveal any information.

She also left a few breadcrumbs about what that ride might entail, telling viewers that the film will start with Bond out of active service and on holiday. Jeffrey Wright will also make an unexpected return, meaning he will become the first threepeat Felix Leiter. Their mission is to rescue a kidnapped scientist.

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Locations for the movie also include London, Italy, and Norway, where some shooting has already taken place.

Other cast announced Thursday included Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris. Production will begin Sunday.

Bond 25 has seen its share of problems over the past year. Though eventually, Boyle dropped from the picture entirely over creative differences, leaving Joji Fukunaga to step into the director's chair.

But here we are, with the next Bond film in production and no title given. "So we parted very amicably and we're looking very much forward to his next film ('Yesterday') which is coming out soon". Additional writers on the script were today confirmed as Neil Purvis, Robert Wade, Scott Z Burns and Fleabag's Phoebe Waller-Bridge.