Update: Freida Pinto & Olivia Wilde Are NOT Cast in Bond 23
by Alex Billington
March 21, 2010
Now this is definitely an interesting casting story. BangShowbiz through Yahoo UK is reporting that Freida Pinto, the Indian actress who starred in Slumdog Millionaire, has landed a role as one of the Bond Girls in the upcoming Bond 23 due in 2011. The last bit of news we reported on this sequel was that Oscar winning director Sam Mendes was on-board to at least "consult" and hopefully direct this newest Bond movie, but nothing was moving forward until MGM found a buyer. On top of the Pinto news, the article also mentions that Tron Legacy actress Olivia Wilde "has been approached" to play a role as another Bond girl as well.
We're not sure how true all of this is, but here's what they say. Apparently Pinto has signed a "multi-million pound deal" to play one of Bond's love interests and their source says it "will be a typically glamorous and raunchy role." Additionally, they claim that it will be set in Afghanistan, which to me seems like a sign that this may not be true. I can't really see a Bond movie set there, plus no Bond movie is ever set in one location alone. As for Wilde's character, they say she plays "a double-crossing UN worker based in Afghanistan." If that's not enough, they also say Sam Mendes "has been talking about Bond for months now" and is going for "the most ambitious 007 yet" with "plans to reinvent the genre." That's a lot to claim in one article.
As much as I would love to see both Pinto and Wilde in the next Bond movie, especially because I consider the both of them to be two of the most beautiful actresses out there, I don't know if I believe it. I'm calling this a rumor for now because this just feels a bit like one of those sketchy tabloid claims and we haven't heard anything else anywhere before this that hinted that either of them were involved. Plus, MGM hasn't finalized a sale yet, so I'm pretty damn sure they're not signing any "multi-million pound" deals right now. Of course, we'll let you know how this turns out, so stay tuned! Do you hope this casting is true, too?
Update: As I expected, this turned out to be nothing but a total BS rumor fabricated by the British tabloids. Movieline posted an update confirming that both Olivia Wilde and Freida Pinto are not cast in Bond 23 and probably won't be in it at all. So I wouldn't believe anything reported, from the casting to the "reinvent the genre" quote. Wilde wrote on Twitter: "Despite the rumors, I have no plans to do Bond, but the internet may be confused as I am doing Cowboys & Aliens with Daniel Craig." Pinto's reps said: "I would like to confirm that as of today, Freida Pinto has not been approached to be part of the next Bond film." There you have it. It was a good rumor while it lasted, but it's time to move on now.