Following yesterday’s announcement about Mads Mikkelson cast as Casino Royale‘s Bond villain Le Chiffre, today brings more casting news. This afternoon Eon, MGM and Sony Pictures announced that French actress Eva Green has been cast to play opposite Daniel Craig (James Bond) as the enticing Vesper Lynd. Eva Green starred with Orlando Bloom in 2005’s Kingdom of Heaven and was introduced in 2003’s The Dreamers.
It was also announced that Jeffrey Wright has joined the cast and will play the part of Felix Leiter. Jeffery Wright played Winston opposite Bill Murray in 2005’s Broken Flowers as well as appearing in 2005’s Syriana. Not only do we now know who will be portraying the main characters in Casino Royale, the 21st James Bond film, but along with today’s press release came a list of the rest of the cast as well.
Casino Royale’s Cast List
Eva Green as Vesper Lynd
Mads Mikkelsen as Le Chiffre
Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter
Giancarlo Giannini as Mathis
Caterina Murino as Solonge
Simon Abkarian as Dimitrios
Tobias Menzies as Villiers
Ivana Milicevic as Valenka
Clemens Schik as Kratt
Ludger Pistor as Mendel
Claudio Santamaria as Carlos
“We are thrilled that Eva and Mads have joined the cast of CASINO ROYALE completing a first rate international cast. They bring exceptional talent to the characters Ian Fleming described so vividly in his first James Bond novel. After an extensive search we have found the perfect actress. Eva is one of France’s most accomplished young actresses, now receiving international acclaim. She brings to the complex role of Vesper an exciting combination of enigmatic and seductive beauty. Likewise Mads has such a compelling onscreen presence and his riveting performances in “Open Hearts” and “Adam’s Apples” convinced both us and director Martin Campbell that he was ideal for the role of Le Chiffre.”
Micheal Wilson and Barbara Broccoli
“Vesper is a pivotal role in Casino Royale and it takes much more than beauty to make this role work. When you think about the great James Bond adventures, of course you think about action and espionage, but you need to have palpable sexual tension in the movie and in casting Vesper, we really needed to up the ante, because this character is very much an equal to Bond and central to our story. We believe Eva as Vesper, Mads as Le Chiffre and Jeffrey Wright as Felix Leiter are perfect additions to our cast and we couldn’t be more excited about the way this project has come together.”
Chairman of the Columbia Pictures Motion Picture Group.