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Hot on the heels of bagging the Academy Award for the ‘Best Actor,’ Rami Malek has been announced as the antagonist in the landmark 25th instalment of the James Bond series.

Bond 25 casts Rami Malek as the bad guy

Cary Fukunaga’s Bond 25 is shaping up to be a surefire hit, as none other than Rami Malek is added to the cast, playing a villainous role. In a video message, the Arab-origin actor said he will be making sure the superspy “does not have an easy ride of it.” He will be joining newcomers Lashana Lynch from ‘Captain Marvel’, Billy Magnussen from ‘Aladdin’, Ana De Armas from ‘Blade Runner 2049’, David Dencik and Dali Benssalah.

Daniel Craig’s last outing as James Bond

Although Daniel Craig once said he would “rather slash” his wrists than play James Bond again, he announced he will make his last appearance playing the spy in his fifth and final outing. Having helmed the role of the iconic MI6 agent in four films for over 13 years, he will end his outing as the longest-running actor to play the role, taking over Roger Moore from the ‘70s and ‘80s era. Alongside Craig, the returning actors include Ralph Fiennes as ‘M’, Naomie Harris as ‘Moneypenny,’ Ben Whishaw as ‘Q’ and Jeffery Wright as Felix Leiter.

Bond 25 slated for 2020 release

Works on the landmark 25th instalment were going on since 2017 and was initially announced for a November 2019 release. However, the franchise delayed the release to February 2020 due to Danny Boyle, who was initially announced as the director, backing out due to “creative differences,” followed by Cary Joji Fukunaga taking up the directorial role last year. At last, Bond 25 is slated for an 8th April 2020 release.

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