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Rami Malek won an Oscar for playing Freddie Mercury

Oscar-winning actor Rami Malek is to play a villain in the 25th official James Bond film, it was confirmed at the movie’s launch event in Jamaica.

Malek won the Academy Award for best actor in February for playing singer Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody.

Fleabag creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge is among the new film’s writers. But the title of the movie, which will be released next April, wasn’t revealed.

It will be Daniel Craig’s fifth and final outing as 007.

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Phoebe Waller-Bridge was responsible for the first series of Killing Eve

Malek wasn’t at the official launch but sent a video message. “I’m stuck here in New York in production but I’m very much looking forward to joining the whole cast and crew,” he said.

“I will be making sure Mr Bond does not have an easy ride in this, his 25th outing. See you all soon.”

After watching that, Craig joked that he was “scared” about what lay in store for Ian Fleming’s suave secret agent.

Ralph Fiennes and Ben Whishaw are returning as M and Q respectively, with Naomie Harris coming back as Moneypenny. Lea Seydoux is reprising her Madeleine Swann character from 2015’s Spectre.

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