Two Arab Actors Take the Lead in the New Bond Film

Hint: one of them is an Oscar winner

It’s official, everyone’s favourite intelligence officer is heading back to the big screen. James Bond’s 25th movie is due to be released in early 2020—and there’s not one, but two reasons for the region to get excited. 

The film’s cast has finally been announced, with Oscar-winning Egyptian actor Rami Malek set to play the villain. “I promise you all, I will be making sure Mr. Bond does not have an easy ride in this, his 25th outing,” the Bohemian Rhapsody actor said in a statement

Joining him alongside Daniel Craig and Lea Seydoux is Dali Benssalah, the 26-year-old Franco-Algerian actor, best known for his performance in The Blaze’s video, Territory, which won the Cannes Film Craft Grand Prix. The actor is also known for his secondary roles in French films like Louis Garrel’s L’homme Fidéle and Carmen Allessandrin’Interrail

“When I was a child I was dreaming to be James Bond. When I was 20, it was more of a joke, and now, I’m here.” Benssalah said of his upcoming role. 

The film, which remains unofficially entitled Bond 25, will mark Daniel Craig’s last run as 007, and is set to be directed by Cary Fukunaga, who is behind the series True Detective’s first season and most recently, Netflix’s Maniac

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