After winning a much-deserved Oscar for his spellbinding role as Freddy Mercury in the Queen biopic Bohemian Rhapsody, Rami Malek appears to have already landed another stellar role.
According to hacks at the Collider, the 37-year-old is in 'final negotiations' to play a villain in the untitled and much-anticipated 25th James Bond film.
While rumors had been circulating around the gossip mill that the star was in line to play the next Bond villian, his chances were questioned after media sources learned that the scheduling conflicts would hamper his chances because of the hectic shooting schedule for Mr Robot.
But Malek's team appears to have made the schedule work but fans will still want to know if Daniel Craig will be returning as Bond. The answer is yes. Despite constant rumors that he was going to leave the lucrative role, it now seems he's sticking around for one last film. Lea Seydoux (Madeleine Swann), Naomie Harris, (Moneypenny,) Ben Whishaw (Q ) and Ralph Fiennes are also in line to reprise their roles.
Variety also reports that producers are on the lookout for two actresses to play an MI6 agent and an 'accomplice' to Olga Kurylenko's badass character in Quantum of Solace.
As for possible replacements for Daniel Craig? Tom Hardy, Idris Elba, Tom Hardy, Richard Madden and even Emily Blunt have all been mooted.
However, the producer of the franchise appears to have ruled out a female Bond, saying that it will 'probably' never happen.
Barbara Broccoli, who's also in charge of casting 007, told the Guardian: "Bond is male. He's a male character. He was written as a male and I think he'll probably stay as a male.
"And that's fine. We don't have to turn male characters into women."
This is a much different answer to the one she gave last year to the Daily Mail. Broccoli, who is worth an estimated $300m, and is considered one of the most influential producers in Hollywood, said: "These films tend to reflect the times so we always try to push the envelope a little bit. Anything is possible.
"Right now, it's Daniel Craig, and I'm very happy with Daniel Craig, but who knows what the future will bring?"
The late Sir Roger Moore also weighed on the debate. Speaking shortly before he died, he said to the same paper, "I have heard people talk about how there should be a lady Bond or a gay Bond. But they wouldn't be Bond for the simple reason that wasn't what Ian Fleming wrote.
"It is not about being homophobic or, for that matter, racist - it is simply about being true to the character."
As for the latest production, it is thought the long-awaited 25th film in the series will be released sometime next year. Craig, who is considered one of the best Bonds, has said in the past that the 25th Bond film will be his last.