Ben Whishaw cast in new James Bond film

Ben Whishaw{jcomments on}Ben Whishaw has reportedly been cast in the forthcoming new James Bond movie.

Coming Soon reports the actor – currently playing journalist Freddie Lyon in BBC Two drama The Hour – has joined the cast of the as yet untitled James Bond movie. The movie is widely referred to as James Bond 23 as the title of the movie has not been announced. Actor Daniel Craig will return in the movie to reprise his role of the British spy while Judi Dench will once again play M.

Little is known about the plot of the new James Bond but it will reportedly be a sequel of sorts to Quantum of Solace, the previous film in the franchise. Production on the 23rd film in the franchise was postponed because of the financial difficulties of its studio, MGM. However, the company’s exit from bankruptcy allowed work on the film to begin once more. The new movie will reportedly star Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes and Naomie Harris as Miss Moneypenny – a role previously played by Samantha Bond and the late Lois Maxwell amongst others.

Ben Whishaw won much praise for his role in the first season of the BBC One drama Criminal Justice in 2008. The five-part drama, stripped across a week, followed a case through the criminal justice system in England. The second series in 2009 starred Maxine Peake and followed the same format. Whishaw’s other notable credits include the 2008 big-screen adaptation of Brideshead Revisited, The Booze Cruise and Other People’s Children.