Lashana Lynch Could Be The New 007 In 'Bond 25'
For years there has been speculation as to who the mantle of 007 could be passed to, and now new rumours are indicating that the 'Captain Marvel' star is stepping into the role.
It's the first news out of the still untitled 'Bond 25' that hasn't made it sound like an ongoing catastrophe.
After a series of explosions left at least one crew member injured, Grace Jones walking off-set almost as soon as she arrived and general behind-the-scenes rumours of turmoil, we finally have some amazing news.
According to a report in the New York Post and the Daily Mail (so we're taking this with a huge grain of salt), the role of 007 will be handed off to Lashana Lynch.
Now, to clarify, this doesn't mean that she'll be playing Jane Bond -- James Bond will still be played by Daniel Craig for the franchise's 25th movie, but according to unnamed "insiders", what's being described as a 'popcorn-dropping moment' will see Bond retire his iconic agent number, handing it over to Lynch's character.
"Bond is still Bond, but he's been replaced as 007 by this stunning woman," a source told the Mail.
Since the news that Craig has been desperate to leave the franchise (in 2015 he was quoted as saying he'd rather "slash my wrists" than reprise the role adding that if he did it again it would just be for the money) there have been a handful of campaigns to replace him with a non-white actor or a female Bond. It appears the production has been listening to fans, at least a little.
A lot of that credit falls to 'Fleabag' showrunner and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge who was brought on board to bring the Bond franchise into modern times.
For 25 years James Bond has been a womanising super sleuth, and while Waller-Bridge hopes to update the way in which women are seen within the films, she has no plans to update Bond himself.
"[The franchise] has just got to grow. It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly," she said, "He doesn't have to. He needs to be true to his character."
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