‘Bond 25’: Rami Malek Refused To Play Villain With Religious Or Ideological Affiliations

During an interview with The Daily Mirror, Rami Malek revealed the conditions he set for playing the villain in Bond 25.

Daniel Craig’s final outing as James Bond will find the British Secret Service agent on the trail of a mysterious new terrorist played by Rami Malek, fresh off his Best Actor Academy Award win for his performance as Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody. However, Rami Malek revealed that he informed director Cary Fukunaga he would not accept the part of the Bond 25 villain if the character was affiliated with a specific religion or ideology:

“I said, ‘We cannot identify him with any act of terrorism reflecting an ideology or religion.’ […]  ‘That’s not something I would entertain, so if that is why I am your choice then you can count me out.'”

Rami Malek, who is of Egyptian descent, added that assigning a specific religion or ideology to the Bond 25 villain was not part of Fukunaga’s vision. While Rami Malek did not divulge details on his antagonistic character, he did note the villain is a “different kind of terrorist”:

“It’s a great character and I’m very excited. But that was one thing that I discussed with Cary…But that was clearly not his vision. So he’s a very different kind of terrorist.”

Are you excited to see Rami Malek’s villain take on Daniel Craig’s 007 in Bond 25? Share your thoughts in the comments section below!

Here’s the official synopsis for Bond 25:

Bond has left active service and is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica.  His peace is short-lived when his old friend Felix Leiter from the CIA turns up asking for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond onto the trail of a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technology.

Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga from a script written by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, the 25th James Bond stars Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Léa Seydoux, Rory Kinnear, Ben Whishaw and Jeffrey Wright, Ana de Armas, Dali Benssalah, David Dencik, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen and Rami Malek.

Bond 25 is scheduled to be released in theaters on 8, April 2020.

Source: The Daily Mirror

Clay Enos Shares Hi-Res Stills Of ‘Batman v Superman’, ‘Justice League’ & More

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Batman v Superman Wonder Woman Justice League Suicide SquadPhotographer Clay Enos has shared a huge batch of new hi-res stills from DCEU films such as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Wonder Woman, Justice League, and Suicide Squad which includes several new images of Jared Leto as The Joker.

The hi-res images range from stills to behind the scenes photos featuring directors Zack Snyder and David Ayer working with cast members including Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Will Smith as Deadshot. In addition to the new images of Jared Leto's Joker, a new image of Gadot as Wonder Woman in her own standalone film is included among the hi-res stills.

You can check out the images in the gallery below.

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Warner Bros. and DC Films have many projects currently being developed including The Batman, The Flash standalone film, Green Lantern Corps, Black Adam, Supergirl, New Gods, and Nightwing.

The DCEU continues this month with Aquaman which is now playing and will be followed by Shazam! on April 5, 2019, Birds of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn) on February 7, 2020, and Wonder Woman 1984 on June 5, 2020. A standalone Joker film set outside of the DC Films universe starring Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime is also set to hit theaters October 4, 2019.

Directed by James Wan, Aquaman stars Jason Momoa as Arthur Curry, Amber Heard as Mera, Willem Dafoe as Vulko, Patrick Wilson as Orm / Ocean Master, Dolph Lundgren as Nereus, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Black Manta, Nicole Kidman as Atlanna, Ludi Lin as Captain Murk, and Temuera Morrison as Tom Curry.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and director, James Wan comes an action-packed adventure that spans the vast, visually breathtaking underwater world of the seven seas, “Aquaman,” starring Jason Momoa in the title role. The film reveals the origin story of half-human, half-Atlantean Arthur Curry and takes him on the journey of his lifetime—one that will not only force him to face who he really is, but to discover if he is worthy of who he was born to be… a king.

Aquaman is now playing. Stay tuned to Heroic Hollywood for the latest news on the future of the current DC cinematic universe as we learn it.

Source: Clay Enos

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