French actress Léa Seydoux has signed up as the femme fatale for the next Bond film, according to reports.
The star of the controversial, Cannes Film Festival-winning drama ‘Blue Is The Warmest Colour’, will join Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Wishaw on the cast.
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She’s also featured in the likes of ‘Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol’, ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ and ‘Inglorious Basterds’, as well as dozens of French language films.
Seydoux courted controversy with ‘Blue Is The Warmest Colour’, a drama about a same sex couple featuring explicit sex scenes.
Along with co-star Adèle Exarchopoulos, she later claimed that director Abdellatif Kechiche treated them and other crew-members badly on set, calling the experience ‘horrible’ and saying they would not work with him again.
“I’m still very happy with this film,” she later clarified. “It was hard to film it and maybe people think I was complaining and being spoilt, but that’s not it. I just said it was hard. The truth is it was extremely hard but that’s OK. I don’t mind that it was hard.
“I like to be tested. Life is much harder. He’s a very honest director and I love his cinema. I really like him as a director. The way he treats us? So what!”
So far nameless, Bond 24 starts filming in just six weeks, with Seydoux joining her fellow 007 types for rehearsals in late November.
The Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye, who has long been an authority on matters Bond, confirmed the news, after it was rumoured earlier this year.
He also reports that while the original idea for the 24th movie was set in Scandinavia, France is now one of the locations, as is Italy.
Production staff have reportedly been spending time in Rome looking for ‘Bond heavies’.
Returning director Sam Mendes has set his own bar pretty high, however.
'Skyfall' is currently the highest-grossing British film of all time, the highest-grossing Bond film of all time and the seventh highest-grossing movie ever.
It hauled in £687.7 million at the box office.
It also won two Oscars, two Baftas and two Grammys.
Image credits: Reuters/AP/Quat’sous Films
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