After months of back-and-forth about the official title for the upcoming 25th film in the 007 James Bond franchise, we’ve finally got our answer.
Cary Joji Fukunaga is directing, having taken over from originally attached filmmaker Danny Boyle, and obviously Daniel Craig is back as the 00-licensee.
Barbra Broccoli said that Bond is not on active service in this film, he’s on vacation. “He starts his journey here, we’ve built a house for him here.” They confirmed some casting rumors; Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, as well as franchise newcomers Rami Malek, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch, Billy Magnussen, David Dencik and Dali Benssalah, and offered a non-update on the actual title- which for now will remain “Bond 25“.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge was indeed on script duty for the film, joining Neal Purvis, Robert Wade, and Scott Z. Burns.
“There’s been a lot of talk about whether or not [the Bond franchise] is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women. I think that’s bollocks,” Waller-Bridge said. “I think he’s absolutely relevant now. It has just got to grow. It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly. He doesn’t have to. He needs to be true to this character.”
“When I saw his Bond for the first time, there was a wryness to his performance that I really loved. So, I was really excited about writing dialogue for him,” she continued. “I mean, the script was there. It’s already there. I think it’s unfair to say that I’m writing the script. I just want to make sure that when they get those pages through, that Lashana, Léa and Ana open them and go, ‘I can’t wait to do that.’ As an actress, I very rarely had that feeling early in my career. That brings me much pleasure, knowing that I’m giving that to an actress.”
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It’ll hit theaters in the UK on April 3rd 2020, and April 8th 2020 in the US.