Eva Green has been confirmed as the new Bond Girl
- Vesper Lynd. Jeffrey Wright will play Felix Leiter,
plus news on the rest of the international cast...
Eva Green Is Vesper Lynd
16th February 2006
actor Mads Mikkelsen was announced as the villain of "Casino
Royale" by director Martin Campbell at the Prague
press conference. Today, Eon Productions have confirmed all
of the remaining major roles in the forthcoming James Bond film.
French actress Eva Green will play
the major Bond Girl role - Vesper Lynd. She was first rumours
for the role last week by the British tabloids. The 25 year-old
actress is best known for her role as Sibylla in the 2005
blockbuster "Kingdom of Heaven".
40 year-old American actor Jeffrey Wright
will be the second black actor to play CIA agent Felix Leiter,
following Bernie Casey in the 1983 rogue Bond production
"Never Say Never Again". Wright recently wrapped
filming of "The Visiting", starring the new 007
Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli said,
"We are thrilled that Eva and Mads have joined the
cast of 'Casino Royale' completing a first rate international
cast. They bring exceptional talent to the characters Ian
Fleming described so vividly in his first James Bond novel."
"After an extensive search we have found the perfect
actress. Eva is one of France's most accomplished young
actresses, now receiving international acclaim. She brings
to the complex role of Vesper an exciting combination of
enigmatic and seductive beauty."
Above: Eva Green will play Vesper Lynd.
"Likewise Mads has such a compelling onscreen presence and
his riveting performances in 'Open Hearts' and 'Adam's Apples'
convinced both us and director Martin Campbell that he was ideal
for the role of Le Chiffre."
Above: Jeffrey Wright will play Felix
Amy Pascal, Chairman of the Columbia Pictures Motion
Picture Group, added "Vesper is a pivotal role in 'Casino
Royale' and it takes much more than beauty to make this
"When you think about the great James Bond adventures,
of course you think about action and espionage, but you
need to have palpable sexual tension in the movie and in
casting Vesper, we really needed to up the ante, because
this character is very much an equal to Bond and central
to our story."
"We believe Eva as Vesper, Mads as Le Chiffre and
Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter are perfect additions to
our cast and we couldn't be more excited about the way this
project has come together."
The producers also confirmed that the cast is rounded out
by talented international actors in feature roles, including;
Giancarlo Giannini as Mathis, Caterina
Murino as Solonge, Simon Abkarian
as Dimitrios, Tobias Menzies as Villiers,
Ivana Milicevic as Valenka, Clemens
Schik as Kratt, Ludger Pistor
as Mendel, and Claudio Santamaria as Carlos.
Above: Eva Green will play Vesper
Eva Green Mini Bio
Eva Green, born on 5th July 1980 in Paris, France, is both an
actress and composer. A twin of Joy Green, a non-identical sister,
Eva is the daughter of French actress Marlène Jobert and
Walter Green, a Swedish dentist. The multi-lingual Eva's name
in Swedish is pronounced "grain." She studied in Paris
and in London and performed on stage before making her film debut
as the female lead in the Bernardo Bertolucci's 2003 film "The
Dreamers" with Michael Pitt and Louis Garrel. In addition
to acting, she composed music for the film. Described by Bertolucci
as "so beautiful it's indecent," her performance brought
her critical acclaim and she has finished her second movie role
in the French film, "Arsene Lupin", directed by Jean-Paul
Salomé and co-starring Romain Duris and Kristin Scott Thomas.
In 2005, she had her first important role in Hollywood as Sibylla
of Jerusalem in the movie "Kingdom of Heaven", her third
film, as the female star alongside Orlando Bloom and Liam Neeson
and directed by Ridley Scott.
Jeffrey Wright Mini Bio
Born on 7th December 1965 in Washington DC, USA, Jeffrey Wright
graduated from Amherst college in 1987. Although he studied Political
Science while at Amherst, Wright left the school with something
that would prove to be more valuable: a love for acting. Shortly
after graduating he won an acting scholarship to NYU, but dropped
out after only two months to pursue acting full time. With roles
in 1990's "Presumed Innocent", and the Broadway production
of "Angels in America", (in which he won a well deserved
Tony award), within a relatively short time Wright was able to
show off his talent and ability on both stage and screen alike.
His first major on-screen performance came in 1996 in the Julian
Schnabel directed film "Basquiat". Wright's harrowing
performance as the late painter Jean Michele Basquiat was critically
acclaimed for its haunting accuracy and raw emotion. With a Tony,
a Golden Globe, and an AFI award under his belt, the intensity
of Wright's skill has been proven over and over again.
The cast and crew jet off to the Bahamas shortly to shoot
a chase sequence at seaside construction site, then will be back
to Prague for studio and location work, and Italy and the U.K.'s
Produced by Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli (Eon
Productions) and directed by Martin Campbell, CASINO ROYALE is
scheduled for release November 17, 2006. Principal photography
started on January 30th 2006, with locations in the UK, Czech
Republic (Prague), Italy, and the Bahamas. It will be British
actor Daniel Craig’s first outing as James Bond. He is the
sixth actor to play the 007 role in the franchise.
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