Italian actress Monica Bellucci is set to star in the 24th installment of the James Bond franchise as the new “Bond girl”.
Director Sam Mendes announced the title, “Spectre”, and cast of the latest Bond movie at a press conference at Pinewood Studios in London last week.
At 50 years old, Monica will be the oldest Bond girl ever to grace the screen, playing Lucia Sciarra.
Interviewed by Vanity Fair Italia, Bellucci said she cannot reveal much about the film yet. Her character is Italian and some scenes will be filmed in Italy, including Rome. She is scheduled to start filming in January. Mendes himself proposed the role to her, during lunch in London.
Monica will star alongside Daniel Craig (as Bond for the fourth time), Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, Rory Kinnear, Ben Whishaw, Lea Seydoux and Christoph Waltz.
Bellucci, who started modeling at 13 and later went into acting, has been nominated for the David di Donatello Award and the Cesar Award. She is currently single. She was married to French actor Vincent Cassel for 14 years, before splitting up in August 2013. They have two daughters together.
Watch the Bond24 title and cast announcement below: