James Bond’s new leading lady Lashana Lynch is reportedly set to star in Netflix’s upcoming musical version of Matilda as kind-natured teacher Miss Honey.
In the highly-anticipated film, the Captain Marvel star is said to be in line to play the classic and well-loved Roald Dahl character Miss Honey.
As of yet, a child actress hasn’t been confirmed to play the leading role of the child genius and telekinetic school pupil Matilda, with production not having begun.
Like in the 1996 film, Miss Honey – who was originally played by Embeth Davidtz – will be a “kindly teacher that encourages Matilda and her gifts”.
Meanwhile, the role of the wicked headmistress Miss Trunchball is reportedly being played by Sir Ralph Fiennes, mirroring the West End version in which the role is played by an actor in drag.
The casting of 33-year-old Lashana Lynch is will mark the first time that the character Miss Honey is played by a person of colour.
The actress is due to appear on cinema screens this year in the much-delayed James Bond film No Time To Die, alongside Fiennes who plays her boss, M.
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Lynch will be portraying MI6 00-agent Nomi opposite Daniel Craig as he plays the role of James Bond for the final time. It has been widely reported that her character has taken on his classic codename as 007, following the character’s retirement from the British secret service.
In the film, we will see Bond forced out of retirement in order for him to aid CIA ally, Felix Leiter (Jeffrey Wright), as the world is under the threat of a terrorist, named Safin, who has a deadly plan, the role will be played by Oscar-winner Rami Malek.
Lynch was brought into the spotlight after her role in Captain Marvel opposite Brie Larson. She played pilot Marie Rambeau, Carol Danvers’ long-term best friend.