James Bond 25: Rami Malek confirmed to be joining cast

25 April 2019, 13:27 | Updated: 25 April 2019, 15:08

By Giorgina Ramazzotti

The new James Bond movie's filming location and cast have been announced today, with fans of the movie franchise tuning in from around the world to find out details of the 007's latest exploits.

Daniel Craig will be returning for his fifth and final James Bond movie - due for release in April 2020 - with Barbara Broccoli joined by director Cary Joji Fukunaga to announce new details of the movie from Ian Fleming's Jamaican home today (April 25).

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Rami Malek has been confirmed as one of the new cast members, and although it hasn't been revealed who he will play, rumour has it he we take on the role of a villain.

"I am very much looking forward to joining the whole cast so very soon," he said in a video. "I promise you all I will be making sure Mr Bond does not have an easy ride in this, his 25th outing.

"I can't wait to see you all soon."

Rami Malek will play a new character in Bond 25 opposite Daniel Craig
Rami Malek will play a new character in Bond 25 opposite Daniel Craig. Picture: Getty

Also joining the cast in unspecified roles are Dali Benssalah, Billy Magnussen, Ana de Armas, David Dencik, and Captain Marvel star Lashana Lynch.

Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whishaw have returned as their respective characters M - head of MI6 - and Q - Bond's MI6 colleague who outfits the agent with the latest gadgets and weapons.

There are also returns for Lea Seydoux (Madeleine Swann), Rory Kinnear (Bill Tanner) and Naomie Harris (Moneypenny).

Jeffrey Wright also makes a welcome return as Felix Leiter, who hasn't appeared since Quantum of Solace.

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Bond 25 will be directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, whose previous credits include HBO's True Detective.

Phoebe Waller-Bridge at the "Fleabag" Opening Night Party
Phoebe Waller-Bridge at the "Fleabag" Opening Night Party. Picture: Getty

Cary came on board after Danny Boyle left the director's chair last year over unspecified "creative differences."

Writers of the film have been confirmed as Killing Eve's Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who will be joining Scott Z Burns, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade who have been writing James Bond scripts since 1999.

The title of the new Bond film is yet to be revealed, but producer Barbara Broccoli teased the film's story.

"Bond is not on active service when we start the film, so he is actually enjoying himself in Jamaica," she said. "We consider Jamaica Bond's spiritual home. He starts his journey here. We built an extraordinary house for him. We've got quite a ride for Mr Bond and no title unfortunately."

Daniel Craig in Bond movie "Casino Royale"
Daniel Craig in Bond movie "Casino Royale" . Picture: Getty

Bond 25 has been confirmed as Daniel Craig's last outing as Ian Fleming's spy character, and bets are already in full swing for who will take over the role of 007.

Idris Elba, Tom Hardy and James Norton are all high on the list - click here to read the full breakdown of the bookies odds on who will play James Bond next.

The next James Bond film will be released in the UK on April 3, 2020 and in the US on April 8, 2020.