Rami Malek in final talks for ‘Bond 25’

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Not only that, Billy Magnussen is also the top choice to play a Central Intelligence Agency operative that will cross paths with James Bond.

Collider reports that freshly minted Oscar victor Rami Malek is hammering out a deal to play the villain. The report comes courtesy of Collider, who state that he's in final negotiations, with his team just waiting to see if he won the Oscar in order to give them a greater bargaining chip.

The reports build on claims by Wonder Woman star Said Taghmaoui, who is of Moroccan descent, that he was cast to play a blind villain of North African ancestry when Danny Boyle was still director of Bond 25. Magnussen already has a working relationship with "Bond 25" writer-director Cary Joji Fukunaga after recently appearing on his Netflix series, "Maniac".

Starting with Malek, Variety's report says there is "renewed interest" in hiring Malek to play the villain.

For more on Rami Malek's involvement in the upcoming Bond 25, visit Collider. One is a new MI6 agent and the other is a friend to James Bond not unlike Olga Kurylenko's character in Quantum of Solace. The CIA character is reportedly meant to replace Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright). Films, especially those of James Bond scale, spend a lot more months in production, as opposed to a TV show like Mr. Robot.

Insiders told Variety that a recent draft of the film Fukunaga submit earlier this year was agreeable with Craig and produicers.

The latest odds for Rami Malek to be a James Bond villain in the first film without Daniel Craig are now standing at 2/1.

Bond 25 is tentatively slated to hit theaters April 8, 2020.

Casting is still ongoing for two female leads, with Collider suggest Lupita Nyong'o is on the wishlist, while Lea Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw, and Naomie Harris are all expected to reprise their roles alongside Craig.

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