Bond 25 is currently caught in a state of flux, following the departure of director Danny Boyle from the film last month. While it’s still unclear exactly what went down between Danny Boyle and the Bond producers that made the Oscar-winning director leave the project, rumors have been circulating that it centered around the film’s choice of villain.
The Telegraph reported last month that Boyle’s Bond would have centered on a “modern-day Cold War” and that the director was set on having Polish actor Tomasz Kot play a Russian villain, something the film’s higher-ups didn’t take to. But Wonder Woman actor Said Taghmaoui claims that the director cast him as the film’s villain before departing.
Taghmaoui told the United Arab Emirates site, The National, on Saturday, “I’m supposed to do the next James Bond, playing the lead bad guy.” But Taghmaoui went on to say his casting isn’t set in stone since the film lost its director. “I was cast by Danny Boyle, and just now he left the project, so of course there’s some uncertainty.”
Uncertainly is the name of the game when it comes to the next installment of James Bond. So was there ever a Russian villain planned for Boyle’s film? According to Taghmaoui, everything concerning the film is still very much up in the air at the moment. “We don’t know who the director will be, and the producers don’t know if they’re going to go Russian or Middle East with the baddie right now. I literally just received a message saying: ‘If they go Middle East, it’s you. If they go Russian, it’s someone else.’ It’s the story of my life. Always on that line between something that could change my life and something that disappears,” he said.
SYFY WIRE has reached out to Taghmaoui’s reps, and will update this story upon their reply.
Bond 25 was previously schedule to be released Oct. 25, 2019 ,but is currently undated.