New blood: Kurylenko set as lead Bond girl
EmptyUkrainian actress Olga Kurylenko has landed the lead Bond girl role in the next 007 adventure, playing the alluring Camille, producers said Monday.
The actress and top European model recently co-starred with Timothy Olyphant in "Hitman" and opposite Elijah Wood in "Paris, je t'aime."
The 22nd Bond adventure, directed by Marc Forster, started principal photography in London under the working title "Bond 22," with Daniel Craig reprising the role of Agent 007.
Also rejoining the cast are Judi Dench as M, Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter and Giancarlo Giannini as Mathis. British newcomer Gemma Arterton will play MI6 Agent Fields.
Writing duo Neal Purvis & Robert Wade and Paul Haggis penned the screenplay.
MGM and Sony will share distribution rights worldwide, with Columbia Pictures and Sony Pictures Releasing International distributing the films to theaters worldwide Nov. 7.
Also joining the cast is French actor Mathieu Amalric, who recently starred in "The Diving Bell and the Butterfly." For "Bond 22," Amalric plays Dominic Greene, a leading member of the villainous organization introduced in the previous Bond film, "Casino Royale."
Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli of EON Prods. said Amalric's role "will be a powerful counterpart to Daniel's portrayal of Bond."
As Camille, Kurylenko will challenge Bond and help him "come to terms with the emotional consequences of Vesper's betrayal," the producers said, referring to "Casino Royale's" lead femme fetale, played by Eva Green.
Kurylenko recently wrapped filming on the indie thriller "Tyranny." She is represented by French agency Zelig.