After years of complaints from fans and industry players over the lack of melanin in a leading, or even supporting James Bond role, Hollywood has finally acted on these concerns.
According to reports, a rewrite of the upcoming Bond 25 film casts Captain Marvel‘s Lashana Lynch as the first ever black and female suited spy.
The film is directed by Cary Fukunaga (Beasts of No Nation, Maniac, and season 1 of True Detective,) and is slated to see the return of Daniel Craig as a retired Bond and Christoph Waltz reprising his role as Blofeld, along with Rami Malek as the main bad guy.
Lynch plays MI6 agent Nomi, who shadows a retired Bond in Jamaica while CIA buddy Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) tries to recruit him for one last mission. It’s about Bond rescuing a kidnapped scientist (Ana de Armas or David Dencik), and rumored to involve a genetic engineering scheme hatched by Rami Malek’s baddie.
Still in production, the film has yet to receive an official title, but it is presumed to be named Shatterhand, after an alias used by Blofeld in the Ian Fleming novel, You Only Live Twice.
Bond 25 is set to hit theaters on April 8th, 2020. Hold tight for updates in the weeks and months ahead.