Mr. Robot and Bohemian Rhapsody star Rami Malek has reportedly been considered to play the villain in Bond 25. After Danny Boyle briefly joined the project as director, the 25th James Bond film is now going forward with True Detective helmer Cary Fukunaga at the controls. Daniel Craig is also on-board for his fifth go-around as 007.
When it comes to James Bond, creating a compelling main villain is, of course, a crucial element. Originally, it was thought that Bond 25 could feature the return of Christoph Waltz, who debuted in Spectre as classic recurring Bond villain Blofeld, but it appears that Waltz will not be back to continue the Blofeld arc. Danny Boyle reportedly had settled on Wonder Woman actor Said Taghmaoui to play the main villain in his version of Bond 25, which he was writing along with John Hodge, but all that obviously went out the window when Boyle exited the project.
Now with franchise veterans Neil Purvis and Robert Wade back on board as writers, and with Fukunaga as director, Bond 25 goes back to square one in regard to the main villain. According to a report in Variety, Fukunaga and Eon Productions already had an idea for who they wanted to play the next Bond bad guy. Rami Malek reportedly was the name at the top of the list to be Daniel Craig’s newest adversary with plans for world domination. However, Malek’s Mr. Robot schedule got in the way and it is now considered unlikely that he will be able to shuffle things around and join the Bond universe.
As for other Bond 25 casting news, it was recently revealed by Fukunaga that Lea Seydoux will be back to portray Madeleine Swann, her character from Spectre. Fukunaga also recently revealed that the film does not yet have a script, even though writers Purvis and Wade had reportedly completed a draft before Danny Boyle came on board and began re-writing everything.
While Malek may not be the first name that springs to mind when considering actors to play villains – given his resume of mostly good-guy characters – he has definitely shown a capacity for portraying darkness and insanity in Mr. Robot, where he has played the disturbed hacker Elliott for three seasons on Mr. Robot, with a fourth and final season of the series in the offing. This proves that he would be more than capable of turning it around and playing a villain bent on some form of worldwide destruction, personal revenge, or whatever Fukunaga and company have in mind for Bond 25. That said, with Malek now likely in line for an Oscar nomination – having recently earned a Golden Globe nomination for his performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody – it’s likely Eon would be in a position of offering substantially more money to the actor even if schedules somehow worked out and he is able to sign on for Bond 25.