The UK's the Daily Mail is reporting Sunday that actor Lashana Lynch - Maria Rambeau in Captain Marvel - will play 007 in the next, currently-in-production 25th James Bond film. Although she won't be playing James Bond.
According to the report, Lynch will play a character who takes over as 007 after Bond retires from MI6.
Daniel Craig - who will be playing Bond for the final time in the film - meets the new 007 when he is drawn out of retirement by M (Ralph Fiennes) who "calls him back in desperation to tackle a new global crisis."
The plot twist is reportedly due to the "intervention" of "feminist TV writer" Phoebe Waller-Bridge (Fleabag, Killing Eve) who "was recruited to ensure the 57-year-old franchise moved with the times."
True to his traditional nature, Bond will reputedly do what audiences expect him to, according to a "movie insider" the Mail quotes.
"Bond, of course, is sexually attracted to the new female 007 and tries his usual seduction tricks," claims the insider, "but is baffled when they don't work on a brilliant, young black woman who basically rolls her eyes at him and has no interest in jumping into his bed. Well, certainly not at the beginning."
The Mail quotes Waller-Bridge explaining that even in 2019 and the #MeToo era, James Bond still has to be James Bond.
"There's been a lot of talk about whether or not Bond is relevant now because of who he is and the way he treats women," the writer reportedly said. "I think that's b******s. I think he's absolutely relevant now. [The franchise] has just got to grow. It has just got to evolve, and the important thing is that the film treats the women properly. He doesn't have to. He needs to be true to his character."
While there has been speculation for years of a woman and/or person of color taking over the James Bond role following Craig's retirement, the Mail does not indicate whether Lynch's character is seen as a potential lead of the franchise in James Bond 26 and beyond.