Lashana Lynch has been cast as 007 for the new James Bond film, according to multiple reports. The 31-year-old will take over after Daniel Craig reprises his role in the upcoming untitled film currently in production.
Per The Mail on Sunday, fans will learn that Bond has retired from his post at the start of the film, and when he is called back to handle a crisis, in walks Lynch.
"There is a pivotal scene at the start of the film where M says 'Come in 007', and in walks Lashana who is black, beautiful and a woman," a "movie insider" tells the outlet. "It's a popcorn-dropping moment. Bond is still Bond, but he's been replaced as 007 by this stunning woman."
While the source says Bond is "sexually attracted to the new female 007 and tries his usual seduction tricks," he is "baffled when they don't work." And in another sign of the franchise attempting to keep up with the times, an insider also claims that the term "Bond girls" has been removed from use and replaced with "Bond women."
"This is a Bond for the modern era who will appeal to a younger generation while sticking true to what we all expect in a Bond film," the insider later adds. "There are spectacular chase sequences and fights, and Bond is still Bond but he's having to learn to deal with the world of #MeToo."