After rumors started circulating that Daniel Craig’s upcoming 007 film could possibly be his last, the internet theorized about who might carry on Craig’s legacy. Idris Elba? I mean, that would be excellent, for obvious reasons. Richard Madden? Another good choice. Even our Queen of Dragons, Emilia Clarke, threw her hat in the ring. But over the weekend, reports emerged of a totally different, and spectacular, choice. Her name is Lynch…Lashana Lynch.
The actress will reportedly assume the 007 mantle, but won’t be taking the Bond name; her name will be Nomi, instead. “Traditionalists can relax: she’s not the new Bond, but a new character who takes over his secret agent number after he leaves MI6,” the Mail on Sunday reported. “It’s a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond but he’s been replaced as 007 by this stunning woman.”
According to a “movie insider,” Lynch’s crowning moment happens in the first few scenes of the new film, when M, played by Ralph Fiennes, says, “Come in, 007.” This is a major move in the history of the famed superspy franchise, because Lynch will not only be the first woman to be called 007, but the first Black woman to take a role that has been exclusively occupied by white men for decades.
The film reportedly begins with Bond enjoying a vacation in Jamaica before an old friend from the CIA cuts it short to ask for his help in rescuing a kidnapped scientist.
Lynch revealed her casting in the film back in April:
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And was photographed at a launch event with Craig and fellow cast members Léa Seydoux, Ana de Armas, and Naomie Harris:
The Jamaican-born actress played fan favorite Maria Rambeau in Captain Marvel earlier this year opposite Brie Larson, and Rosaline Capulet in Shonda Rhimes’ Romeo and Juliet–inspired ABC drama Still Star-Crossed.