The upcoming and highly anticipated new James Bond film will see some interesting additions to its cast, which now includes former WWE wrestler Batista and Blue Is The Warmest Color actor Lea Seydoux. These new cast members will join a powerhouse ensemble already composed of Daniel Craig as James Bond and Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris as his MI6 colleagues.
James Bond 24, which does not have a title at present, will see Craig reprising his role as James Bond and will again be directed by Sam Mendes, who directed the last James Bond film Skyfall. James Bond 24 is reportedly set to start shooting by the end of the year and will hit theaters by November 2015.
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Batista has reportedly bagged the role of the villain in James Bond 24. A casting breakdown for the part provided by Sporting News says that the villain, named Hinx, is a male role that should be played by “an imposing extremely physically fit actor” who has “several fights with Bond” and will need stunt training. James Bond 24 supposedly required “someone very unusual, possibly from a sports background” for the part, and Batista seems to fit the bill with a height of 6 feet and 6 inches and weighing 290 pounds. The role of Hinx in James Bond 24 will be another big one for Batista, who recently gained acclaim for his portrayal of Dax the Destroyer in Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy. The wrestler reportedly resigned from WWE in June and has since focused on his acting career, currently shooting Bus 657 with Robert DeNiro and Kate Bosworth.
Meanwhile, Lea Seydoux has been confirmed as the next Bond girl on James Bond 24, playing the role of “femme fatale.” According to Daily Mail, the actor will be undergoing a series of costume, make-up and camera tests to determine her look in the movie before she starts script rehearsal in November.
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