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Could Oscar-winning Rami Malek be the next James Bond villain?

Could Oscar-winning Rami Malek be the next James Bond villain?

Bond 25 has yet to cast two new female roles, a new MI6 agent and an accomplice to the main villain. "These two characters will spend the most amount of time with him on screen", the report said.

Oscar-winner Rami Malek is reportedly in talks to play the villain in the next James Bond movie - now called Bond 25 by the industry - which is also on the lookout for an American CIA agent, along the lines of Westworld star Jeffrey Wright's character in previous Bond films, and two roles for women: a new British MI6 agent and the other an accomplice, similar to Olga Kurylenko's Bolivian agent in the 2008 chapter Quantum of Solace. Not only that, Billy Magnussen is also the top choice to play a Central Intelligence Agency operative that will cross paths with James Bond.

No details have yet been revealed about the character that Malek would play - though the report suggests that it could be a blind man, which would continue the tradition of Bond villains who come with distinctive physical traits.

Variety said Wednesday producers have met with other actors but remain interested in Malek.

Producers have been looking into whether they can tailor a schedule to the actor's availability so he can film both, insiders told the outlet.

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2015's Spectre is the latest James Bond film.

The film hasn't got an official name yet but it is often referred to as "Bond 25" and its working title is "Shatterhand".

Bond 25 is directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga and will be bringing Daniel Craig back as James Bond along with Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Wishaw, and Lea Seydoux.

Due to the Bond film's substantial delays ― the release date was most recently pushed back two months in early February ― Malek has now reportedly negotiated a deal that would allow him to appear on the US series as the socially averse computer hacker and also torment Bond in the new film.

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