Rami Malek is slated to play a villain in the upcoming James Bond movie, and the actor has revealed that he only agreed to play the role on one condition; the character should not be religiously driven.
â€œWe cannot identify him with any act of terrorism reflecting an ideology or religion,” said the Bohemian Rhapsody star. Rami Malek, who is of Egyptian descent explicitly told the director of the movie, Cary Fukunaga that he would not be a part of the movie if he is chosen to play the part for that reason.
The talented actor won an Oscar earlier this year for his portrayal of Queen’s front man, Freddie Mercury, in Bohemian Rhapsody, and his role in the latest Bond film was announced in April, right after his Academy nod.
Rami Malek as Freddie Mercury
According to the Daily Mirror, the actor also expressed his excitement to be playing the role, saying, “He’s a very different kind of terrorist,â€ and that it was a great character. The official plot summary of the movie describes Ramiâ€™s character as â€˜a mysterious villain armed with dangerous new technologyâ€™.
The currently unnamed, Bond 25, began shooting in April and will see Daniel Craig reprise his role as James Bond for the final time, and will also feature Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Lea Seydoux.