Rami Malek, best known from his role as Elliot Alderson in Mr. Robot and for playing Freddie Mercury in Bohemian Rhapsody, is set to play the new Bond villain that will face off against Daniel Craig in Bond 25. But according to The Mirror, Malek only accepted the role on one condition: the villain isn't a religious fundamentalist or Arabic-speaking terrorist.
"It's a great character and I'm very excited. But that was one thing that I discussed with Cary [Fukunaga]," he said.
"I said, 'We cannot identify him with any act of terrorism reflecting an ideology or a religion. That's not something I would entertain, so if that is why I am your choice then you can count me out.'"
"It's another extremely clever script from the people who have figured out exactly what people want in those movies," Malek said, adding that he does feel a significant weight on his shoulders given that Bond is such an iconic character that many people have grown with throughout their life.
But not all is well on the set of Bond 25, at least according to source that spoke to The Daily Mail. Per The Inquisitr, Fukunaga is reportedly not well-liked, and the crew is on the verge of "mutiny" after the director went missing for hours to play video games. After the setback, Fukunaga reportedly asked the team to work over Father's Day.