'Blue Is The Warmest Colour' actress Lea Seydoux is reportedly in line to scoop a lead role in the forthcoming Bond film.
Seydoux, who made her name in the controversial Palm d’Or-winning drama, is said to be the ‘top choice’ - according to film site Schmoes Know, who cite a ‘very trusted source’ - to appear opposite Daniel Craig in the so-far nameless Bond 24.
It may be that she is the ‘stunningly attractive European love interest’ that the filmmakers are seeking, according to casting information.
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The rumours follow news that Swedish actresses Ida Engvoll and Disa Östrand had also screen-tested for roles in the movie.
Elsewhere, it’s also claimed that director Sam Mendes is on the lookout for an actress to play Miranda Frost, a regular name in the Bond series and last played by Rosamund Pike in ‘Die Another Day’, opposite Pierce Brosnan.
Though the film isn’t due out until late 2015 – October 23 to be exact – some news from the production is certainly expected in the coming weeks.
It follows reports that singer Sam Smith is among the front-runners to succeed Adele in providing the next Bond theme.
MGM are said to be mulling signing the ‘Stay With Me’ singer for the task.
A source told The Sun: “Sam is our top choice. He has the profile, cool image and astonishing voice to record a Bond theme.
“And there is only so long we can hold out for Adele. Daniel Craig was pushing for her because she did such a great job last time around.
“But from her perspective, how can she better what she did with Skyfall? She won an Oscar, Bafta, Golden Globe and had a global number one.”
News also emerged last month that the John Logan-penned script for this latest incarnation of 007 was being reworked by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade – all three of whom wrote ‘Skyfall’ – to add ‘more gags and witty repartee’.
The re-write is said to have plunged the production into ‘polite turmoil’, according to the Daily Mail’s Bond authority Baz Bamigboye.
It’s now thought it will start filming in December.
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