Daily Mail columnist Baz Bamigboye is reporting that Léa Seydoux will 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.
Cary Joji Fukunaga, director of the upcoming 25th James Bond movie, told Bamigboye that she’ll be back, as will Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris. “You have some of the best actors in the world here,” he said. “Why wouldn’t I have the best coming back?!”
Fukunaga also talked to The Inquirer recently about what’s in store for the film. “In terms of what I can bring to change the character, Bond is on a character arc that started with ‘Casino Royale,’ and I will be carrying that on. There will be changes, I am sure. As in any story, a character has to change in order [to have] a narrative,” he said.
Scheduled for a February 14, 2020 release, the new 007 film 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.
Writers Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are said to have returned to develop their earlier Bond 25 treatment into a script. The duo’s history with the franchise goes back as far as 1999’s The World is Not Enough, but they’ve also co-written the scripts for all the Daniel Craig 007 movies so far, with help from others like Paul Haggis and John Logan.
MGM will release the film theatrically in the U.S. through its new joint venture with Annapurna Pictures, and Universal Pictures will release Bond 25 internationally.