Rami Malek, fresh from his Oscar-winning performance as Freddie Mercury the hit biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, has confirmed his next move and will play the villain in the new James Bond film.

Bond 25, which has been somewhat shrouded in chaos following the departure of original director Danny Boyle, will mark the final appearance of Daniel Craig in the iconic role of James Bond.

Now, after months of hinting, it has been confirmed that Craig will be going up against Malek in the upcoming feature film directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga.

“I’m stuck here in New York in production but I’m very much looking forward to joining the whole cast and crew,” Malek said. “I will be making sure Mr Bond does not have an easy ride in this, his 25th outing. See you all soon,” he added.

The announcement was made in Jamaica—one of the filming locations for Bond 25—outside author Ian Fleming’s house. “Bond is not on active service when we start the film. He is enjoying himself in Jamaica,” producer Barbara Broccoli said. “We start his journey here. We’ve got quite a ride in store for Mr Bond,” she added.

Director Cary Joji Fukunaga said of the film: “Daniel is my favourite Bond and I want to make sure this run  of films, which have been fantastic, have a really great next chapter and keep upping the ante so whoever is next has a harder job.” 

Ben Whishaw, Léa Seydoux, Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris, who have all appeared in previous Bond films, will make cameos in the new feature: “You have some of the best actors in the world here,” he said in a new interview with the Mail. “Why wouldn’t I have the best coming back?” he added. 

Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, veteran 007 screenwriters, have already agreed to return to Bond 25 after things fell apart following the departure of former director Boyel and now, with pressure ramping up, more big names will return to the franchise. 

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