While he is still enjoying the professional spoils from his whirlwind performance as the late, great Freddie Mercury, which netted him an Oscar for Best Actor, Rami Malek will return to the silver screen in 2020 to play a yet-to-be-named Bond villain.
Though Christoph Waltz was slated to return, given the open-ended nature of 2015’s Spectre plot, it has been made public knowledge that the Bohemian Rhapsody actor will take the reins as James Bond’s nemesis, opposite Daniel Craig, who is returning to the role one last time.
In an interview on Good Morning America yesterday, Malek praised Craig for his portrayal of the super spy, saying: “I think Daniel has just done an outstanding job in making him, in a way, relatable.
“He brings this class to it and this human factor. He’s kind of cynical at the same time and ruthless, but you’re always rooting for him. He’s been terrific. It will be very interesting to go up against that man.”
Many a great actor has undertaken the role of Bond Villain, including the late Christopher Lee, Javier Bardem, Mads Mikkelsen, Benicio Del Toro, Christopher Walken, and the aforementioned Christoph Waltz. Given that the film, which has a working title of Bond 25, will be Craig’s last as the enigmatic secret agent, Malek has a lot to live up to.
Given what fans have seen from the talented young thespian thus far, however, audiences look to be in good hands.