Rami Malek ‘amid contenders to play Bond villain opposite Daniel Craig’ after his Academy Award win

Now that Rami Malek has an Academy Award, his sights might be set on being a Bond villain

The 37-year-old actor, who triumphed at Sunday’s Oscars, has been linked to the upcoming 25th James Bond film – Bond 25 – as the chief antagonist of Daniel Craig’s titular character, Variety reports.

Producers have been determined to sign up Malek for months, sources told the outlet, with the main obstacle being his availability to shoot the film this spring concurrent with his work on Mr. Robot’s last season, which he’s slated to shoot.

Producers have been looking into whether they can tailor a schedule to the actor’s availability so he can film both, insiders told the outlet.

Malek’s career is at a fever pitch in the wake of his portrayal of Freddie Mercury in the film Bohemian Rhapsody, which landed him the Best Actor Oscar.

The gold statue marked the end of a fruitful award season for Malek, who also captured a BAFTA Film Award, a Golden Globe, Screen Actors Guild Award for his performance as the Queen frontman.

Also linked to the milestone motion picture is actor Billy Magnussen, who sources told the outlet looks to be the favorite to play a CIA operative. Magnussen has previously worked with the film’s writer-director Cary Joji Fukunaga on Netflix’s Maniac.

Other prominent roles in the motion picture yet to be cast include a pair of key female characters, of an MI6 agent and another villain, according to the outlet, noting that actress reads opposite Craig are in the works.

Insiders told Variety that a recent draft of the film Fukunaga submit earlier this year was agreeable with Craig and produicers.

The cast of the film currently features Léa Seydoux as Madeleine Swann, Ralph Fiennes as M, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, and Ben Whishaw as Q.

Bond 25 is tentatively slated to hit theaters April 8, 2020.