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Bond 25: Lea Seydoux will reprise her role as Madeleine Swann; Rami Malek rumored for villain

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Dec 7, 2018, 3:37 PM EST

The 25th installment in the James Bond film series will feature a familiar face, other than Daniel Craig's 007, of course. Per a report from Variety, French actress Léa Seydoux (Inglourious Basterds) is set to reprise her role as Dr. Madeline Swann. 

Swann first appeared in 2015's Spectre, working at a remote medical facility in the Austrian Alps, a setting meant to be a nod to 1969's On Her Majesty's Secret Service. She becomes embroiled in James' search for the leader of SPECTRE after it is revealed that she is the daughter of Mr. White (Jesper Christensen). In true Bond fashion, the two characters enter the "bone zone" and drive off into the sunset together at the end of the movie. 

Director Cary Joji Fukunaga recently addressed whether characters like Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) and Q (Ben Whishaw) would return during an interview with Inquirer.net

“We haven’t finished the screenplay, so there is no way that anyone could know that. Those are two extraordinary actors, so if there is space for them in the story, I would absolutely want them there. But I don’t know yet what it’s going to be," he said. 

With Seydoux returning, we can also probably expect Waltz, Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes (M), and Naomie Harris (Eve Moneypenny) to come back, too. 

According to Variety, Rami Malek is rumored to be the favorite for the villain. However, Malek, whose turns as Freddie Merucy in Bohemian Rhapsody just nabbed him a Golden Globe nod, may not be able to join the spy project due to his commitment to the fourth and final season of Mr. Robot. In September, Said Taghmaoui (Wonder Woman) claimed that he'd been cast as the lead bad guy under Boyle, which, if true, is no longer the case, given the drastic personnel change. 

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Fukunaga became attached to the movie in late September after Danny Boyle (28 Days Later) decided to depart over creative differences with the producers, which include Craig. The current draft of the script, meant to start shooting in December 2018, was scrapped, prompting veteran 007 writers, Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, to start from scratch. As a result, the initial release dates of Oct. 29 (U.K.) and Nov. 8 (U.S.) could not be met. 

"I just keep my head down and try to figure out how to make this as good as possible," added Fukunaga in his Inquirer interview, stating that he's got a strong personal connection to 1985's A View to a Kill, whose climax takes place in his native Bay Area.

Roger Moore's final outing as Bond isn't very good (even with Christopher Walken as the villain), but the title song by Duran Duran is absolutely killer (no pun intended). 

"There will be the things in the Bond-verse that you have come to expect,” finished the filmmaker. “I can’t say too much, though."

Bond 25 (still without a title) will be released on February 20, 2020.