REVEALED: Bond 25 will see 007 embroiled in genetic warfare… with Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge brought in to make sure fans understand complicated plot
Daniel Craig got Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge signed on to the Bond 25 film to help make sense of its complicated plot about . . . genetic engineering.
‘The movie’s premise is genetic warfare, which is fascinating — but you gotta boil it down and make it accessible,’ an executive connected to one of the studios involved in the 007 film told me.
‘And that’s why Phoebe was hired. She has somehow made sense of it,’ I was told.
Bond 25 will revolve around the theme of genetic engineering, BAZ BAMIGBOYE reveals. Pictured are (left to right) stars: Michael G Wilson, Lea Seydoux, Cary Joji Fukunaga, Ana de Armas, Daniel Craig, Naomie Harris, Lashana Lynch and Barbara Broccoli at the Goldeneye villa in Jamaica during the casting announcement for the new 007 film
Barbara Broccoli told me a few weeks back that Craig was insistent that she and Michael G. Wilson sign Waller-Bridge, creator of Fleabag and a writer on the BBC hit Killing Eve.
‘There aren’t many people in the world bright enough to bring some humour to the topic of genetics and the Human Genome Project,’ my studio friend in Los Angeles said.
But the British writer and actress is clearly one of them.
Ms Waller-Bridge has been working with director Cary Joji Fukunaga on the screenplay while Craig has time away from the set to recover from an ankle injury he sustained during filming.
Bond 25 bad guy Rami Malek has also been brainstorming with genetic experts. Malek’s character uses genetic science — for nefarious reasons.
The film also stars Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux, Ana de Armas, Lashana Lynch, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright and Billy Magnussen.
Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge has been brought in on the Bond 25 film to make the theme more relate-able and to bring humour
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