Rumor: French Actress Bérénice Marlohe Might Be the New Bond Girl
Some potential juicy Bond casting news for the day. Twitch is reporting unconfirmed casting news that French actress Bérénice Marlohe is Sam Mendes' choice to play the new Bond Girl in the upcoming Bond 23. Of course, since details are still vague, who knows if there are multiple Bond girls in this new movie, henchwoman/double-agent female roles, or other appearances of a beautiful woman, of which Bérénice certainly is. Twitch only says that "sources" say she's been cast opposite Daniel Craig in the sequel, citing the production going for a younger more unknown, but talented, actress instead of a more well-known one.
After being delayed for some time, production is finally gearing up to start shooting later this year on Bond 23, the new Bond movie directed by Sam Mendes from a script by John Logan, Neal Purvis & Robert Wade. Over on Bond site MI6, they have confirmation that Bond 23 will at least be shooting in Istanbul, Turkey. Other than that, we've heard rumors of a shoot in India, but none of that seems to be confirmed just yet. I'm just excited to see this Bond movie finally coming together, though it might be without Felix Leiter this time. Instead, we may be seeing Ralph Fiennes and Javier Bardem in the cast. Production is certainly gearing up with all this news coming out, and it sounds like Mendes is casting and location scouting at the moment.
Bérénice Marlohe (more photos here) is a young French actress who has appeared on TV shows like "Équipe médicale d'urgence" and in a few films titled L'art de séduire and the upcoming Un bonheur n'arrive jamais seul directed by James Huth. Since Daniel Craig took over the Bond franchise, the Bond Girls have included Eva Green and Caterina Murino in Casino Royale, plus Olga Kurylenko and Gemma Arterton in Quantum of Solace. Marlohe isn't known at all in the US, but if she's a good fit for the role, I've got nothing against it, especially with Mendes running the show this time. We'll let you know if this casting is confirmed as well as updates on Bond 23, which is already slated for a release next November 9th, 2012. Stay tuned!