Lashana Lynch is the New '007' in the Upcoming James Bond Film

James Bond is handing over his iconic code name to a new spy in town. Captain Marvel’s Lashana Lynch will be taking over the reigns as the new 007 in the upcoming James Bond film. The 31-year-old Black British actor will play a new agent taking over Bond’s code name in the untitled film. The film will reportedly find Bond, played by Daniel Craig, briefly leaving retirement for a final mission against a villain portrayed by Oscar winner Rami Malek, according to The Mail on Sunday. The untitled film, the 25th movie in the spy franchise, is currently shooting in the UK and Italy. It is set for a 2020 release, though it has been plagued by a few bumps in production, including Craig’s ankle surgery.

“There is a pivotal scene at the start of the film where M says ‘Come in 007,’ and in walks Lashana who is Black, beautiful and a woman,” a source told the British publication. “It’s a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond, but he’s been replaced as 007 by this stunning woman.”

The source claims that Craig’s character is attracted to the new female 007 and attempts to seduce her. Lynch’s character reportedly “rolls her eyes at him and has no interest in jumping into his bed.”

Lynch made her blockbuster debut playing fighter pilot Maria Rambeau opposite Brie Larson in Marvel’s Captain Marvel. News of the 31-year-old’s casting in Bond 25 was announced in April.

Screenwriter and actor Phoebe Waller-Bridge, who’s behind the BBC comedy Fleabag and the female-led thriller Killing Eve, was tapped to bring the spy franchise to 21st century.

“There’s been a lot of talk about whether or nor Bond is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women,” Waller-Bridge told Deadline. “I think that’s bulls—. I think he’s absolutely relevant now. [The franchise] has just got to grow. It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly. He doesn’t have to. He needs to be true to his character.”

Waller-Bridge added that she wanted the characters played by Lynch and the rest of the cast to feel “like real people.” The writer is the second woman in Bond history to be credited on a script. “I just want to make sure that when they get those pages through, that Lashana, Léa [Seydoux] and Ana [De Armas] open them and go, ‘I can’t wait to do that,’” Waller-Bridge said. “As an actress, I very rarely had that feeling early in my career. That brings me much pleasure, knowing that I’m giving that to an actress.” The source told The Mail on Sunday that Lynch was “absolutely brilliant” and called Waller-Bridge’s script “as sharp and funny as you would expect.” “This is a Bond for the modern era who will appeal to a younger generation while sticking true to what we all expect in a Bond film,” the source added. “There are spectacular chase sequences and fights, and Bond is still Bond but he’s having to learn to deal with the world of #MeToo.”

Reports of Lynch’s role in the Bond series was met with a lot of excitement. “Wow. Lashana Lynch is the next 007. She’s not playing Bond, but will take over the code name. Brava, Phoebe Waller-Bridge for ushering in a new era where WoC can lead a spy series,” tweeted author Nancy Wang Yuen. One fan expressed their excitement using the tired/wired meme. “Tired: casting more white men in 007 roles. Wired: casting Idris Elba or another male actor of colour in 007 roles. Inspired: casting Lashana Lynch, a Black female actor, as 007,” the fan tweeted. The film, which is set to be released on April 8, 2020, is directed by Cari Joji Fukunaga. The director took over from Danny Boyle after the Oscar winner dropped the film project in August 2018. Bond 25 will also star Ralph Fiennes as M, Billy Magnussen, David Dencik, Dali Benssalah, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, and Ben Whishaw.

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Nicole Rojas is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has published in various venues, including Newsweek, GlobalPost, IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, and the Long Island Post. Nicole graduated from Boston University in 2012 with a degree in print journalism. She is an avid world traveler who recently explored Asia and Australia.