Lashana Lynch has confirmed that her character is set to be the next protagonist of the film series and take the story forward.
In an interview with Harpers Bazaar, the “Captain Marvel” star revealed the news and addressed the online abuse she faced when the rumours first surfaced earlier this year, reports radiotimes.com.
“I am one Black woman ? if it were another Black woman cast in the role, it would have been the same conversation, she would have got the same attacks, the same abuse,” she said.
“I just have to remind myself that the conversation is happening and that I`m a part of something that will be very, very revolutionary.”
The actress will be taking over as Bond from actor Daniel Craig, who will reprise the iconic character one last time in ‘No Time To Die’.
Talking about Nomi, her character in the franchise, she said: “A character that is too slick, a cast-iron figure? That`s completely against what I stand for I didn`t want to waste an opportunity when it came to what Nomi might represent.”
“I searched for at least one moment in the script where Black audience members would nod their heads, tutting at the reality but glad to see their real life represented. In every project I am part of, no matter the budget or genre, the Black experience that I`m presenting needs to be 100 per cent authentic,” she added.
Directed by Cary Joji Fukunaga, No Time to Die is the twenty-fifth installment in the James Bond film series. It also features Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Ben Whishaw, Rory Kinnear, Jeffrey Wright, and Léa Seydoux, who will reportedly reprise their roles from previous films. The new additions to the cast are Ana de Armas, Rami Malek, David Dencik, Dali Benssalah and Billy Magnussen.
The film’s plot shows agent 007 as he has left active service. After five years of rest, he is approached by an old friend and a CIA officer, Felix Leiter. He seeks help from the retired agent. Bond agrees and has to face dangers which he has never seen before. No Time to Die is scheduled to release on April 2, 2021.