The Mail on Sunday is reporting today that Rose Byrne has landed the role of Vesper Lynd in Casino Royale. Byrne is best known as the spirited slave girl who captured the heart of Brad Pitt in Troy. She also appeared in Wicker Park and Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones.
The paper reports that director Martin Campbell and Bond producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G Wilson are expected to confirm her in the role on Friday.
The 26-year old Australian-born actress was given a cloak-and-dagger introduction to Bond when she auditioned at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire. One insider said: “She had to give a special password, Alcazar, to get into the audition. People were joking that they didn’t want Daniel Craig’s mum to find out and spill the beans like she did when her son was cast.
All the actresses had to perform a bedroom scene with Daniel where Bond says he is leaving the service to be with Vesper Lynd. Barbara Broccoli was particularly impressed by Rose.”
The Daily Mail was the paper to first break the news that Pierce Brosnan was out. The paper was also the first to report that Craig had landed the role of James Bond #6. Have they scored a third scoop?
Casino Royale is the 21st James Bond film produced by franchise holders Eon Productions. The MGM/Columbia Pictures production begins shooting in January and is due for release worldwide on 17 November 2006. Starring Daniel Craig as James Bond, it will be filmed in the Czech Republic, the Bahamas, Italy and the UK.