French actor Léa Seydoux is said to star opposite Daniel Craig as the female lead in the next instalment of the James Bond film franchise, which will begin filming December 2014 for release the following year.
Winner of a Cannes Film Festival award in 2013 for her role in romantic drama Blue Is The Warmest Colour, Seydoux has been rumoured for the role for some months now, however it is now reported that she has been officially signed to the project and will begin script rehearsals with returning cast members in November. Seydoux has previously featured in other Hollywood blockbusters over recent years, including Inglorious Basterds, Robin Hood, and the most recent Mission: Impossible film.
The upcoming film will comprise the 24th canonical James Bond film, and actor Daniel Craig’s fourth venture in the role. Craig has signed on for one final film after this outing, following the success of 2012’s Skyfall.
Skyfall was widely praised for both its enjoyment at face value and its sly, fourth wall breaking acknowledgments of the franchise’s well-loved tricks and tropes. Pleasing fans both young and old with an Aston Martin DB5 juxtaposed against a young, tech savvy Q that doesn’t quite fit the previously established lab-coat-wearing mould, returning director Sam Mendes will be keen to meet the same standard. Bond 24 will see the return of actors relatively new to the franchise including Naomie Harris and Ralph Finnes stepping back into well loved roles, and Seydoux’s performance in the glamorous role of Bond girl will be hoped to continue tradition while also allowing the talented actor to shine.
Mendes has previously divulged that the upcoming film will continue the storyline and events set in motion in Skyfall, as has also occurred with Craig’s previous films within the role.
The as of yet untitled upcoming James Bond film will begin filming December 2014, and will be released by MGM and Columbia Pictures in 2015.