Now that Bond 24 is back on track, and will start shooting in December, following a short delay due to script issues, the focus has returned to casting this action-packed sequel. A new report claims that Léa Seydoux (Blue Is the Warmest Color) is the top choice for the female lead, opposite Daniel Craig as 007.
While no specific character details have surfaced, Schmoes Know reports that the actress may be playing Miranda Frost, a character originally portrayed by Rosamund Pike in Pierce Brosnan's last James Bond adventure, 2002's Die Another Day. Here's what a casting breakdown revealed about the character.
"Lead Female (30-40) Attractive, sophisticated, cool and calm secret agent."
This version of Miranda Frost is said to be much different than Rosamund Pike's incarnation, but it still isn't clear if this is the role that Léa Seydoux is being pursued for. In Die Another Day, Miranda Frost was a duplicitous MI6 agent whose true allegiance was to the villainous Gustav Graves (Toby Stephens).
Of course, none of this has been confirmed by Sony Pictures or the filmmakers at this time. A number of other actresses have been rumored to be up for the new "Bond Girl" role, such as Kate Upton, Helen Flanagan and Penélope Cruz, whose husband Javier Bardem portrayed the villain in 2012's Skyfall.
Aside from starring in the critically-acclaimed drama Blue Is the Warmest Color, Léa Seydoux most recently had roles in Beauty and the Beast and The Grand Budapest Hotel. She is no stranger to the action genre as well, having starred in the 2011 blockbuster Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol.