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Penelope Cruz to star in next James Bond film

PTI  Los Angeles, April 11, 2014
First Published: 16:59 IST(11/4/2014) | Last Updated: 17:24 IST(11/4/2014)
Spanish beauty Penelope Cruz will reportedly join the next James Bond movie.

Sony's latest release schedule update shows the wife of Skyfall villain Javier Bardem among the cast of James Bond film, reported Ace Showbiz.

The role which Cruz is playing is still unknown, but when the casting rumour first emerged last summer, it was said she will play the leading lady, according to France's Premiere magazine.

If the rumour is true, then 39-year-old Cruz will be the first Spanish and the oldest 'it' girl in Bond history.

The film is due to hit theatres in the US on November 6, 2015. Director Sam Mendes and screenwriter John Logan return for the Skyfall sequel, while Daniel Craig reprises his 007 spy agent role.
 
12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor is likely to play the villain.

Ralph Fiennes is confirmed to reprise his role as James Bond's new boss after Judi Dench's character met her demise in the last movie.

Naomie Harris (Eve Moneypenny) and Ben Whishaw (Q) are expected to return as well.

Besides the Bond girl, producers are also looking for an actor to play "a Scandinavian with a troubled past who will serve as a brief love interest for Bond."  It is rumoured that Swedish actor Ida Engvoll and Disa Ostrand have auditioned for the movie.
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