Lashana Lynch: What you need to know about the black British actress who's replacing Daniel Craig as the next 007
Time for change
Known for its extravagant Aston Martins, over-the-top fight scenes, and futuristic gadgets, the James Bond series will be releasing its 25th film since it first hit cinemas over 40 years ago with Dr. No (1962), which starred Sean Connery.
Idris Elba and Tom Hiddleston have been just two of the names in the running to play the leading spy for long time now. However, over the weekend, it was announced that the next instalment will be headlined by black British actress Lashana Lynch instead. The Internet is obviously polarised, but with Halle Bailey playing Ariel in Little Mermaid, it seems like 2019 might be a win for diversity on-screen. Here’s what you need to know about the new 007.
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Who is Lashana Lynch?
She is of Jamaican descent. She was born in London, and she attained her BA in Acting at ArtsEd drama school. In 2011, the actress made her film debut in the sport drama Fast Girls (2001). She has also starred in a handful of TV dramas such as British sitcom Crims and American period drama, Still Star-Crossed.
Many of us would have probably spotted her in her breakout role as Maria Rambeau in Captain Marvel, which got her the Capri Hollywood "Break Out Actress Award" in 2018. Lynch played Carol Danvers’ best friend Maria Rambeau.
What we know
The plot of the 25th instalment of James Bond is still unconfirmed at the moment, but we know that Lynch will be the movie's main protagonist Naomi who will take up Bond's previous code name: 007 while he retires in Jamaica. During his "retirement", CIA operative Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright) turns up to ask him to trace down an unknown villain with the potential of catastrophic proportions. It is also rumoured that the mysterious villain in Spectre — Ernst Stavro Blofeld (Christoph Waltz) will also return.
Bond 25 is set to hit the theatres on 8 April 2020.