Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli announced today that the release date for United Artists Releasing‘s Bond 25 has been pushed back from February 14, 2020 to April 8, 2020. “We are absolutely thrilled to be releasing Bond 25 on 8 April 2020,” they said in a statement.
Fast & Furious 9, which is scheduled to start filming soon under the direction of Justin Lin, was previously set for April 10, 2020. Universal Pictures has decided to move the sequel back to May 22, 2020. Universal is distributing Bond 25 internationally, so it looks like the two studios worked together on the release date changes.
Warner Bros. Pictures is planning Godzilla vs. Kong just two days earlier on May 20, and Paramount had also scheduled The SpongeBob Movie: It’s A Wonderful Sponge for May 22.
Bond 25 will begin shooting at Pinewood Studios on March 4, 2019. Daniel Craig will return as 007 in the 25th James Bond film. He has played the secret agent in four films so far, including Casino Royale (2006), Quantum of Solace (2008), Skyfall (2012), and SPECTRE (2015). He also made a guest appearance as Bond in the Danny Boyle-directed opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympic Games, alongside Queen Elizabeth II.
Léa Seydoux is expected to reprise the role of Dr. Madeleine Swann from SPECTRE in the next James Bond film. Swann is the daughter of Mr. White who helps Bond identify the organization known as SPECTRE. Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris will also be back. Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct from a script by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.