“I’m supposed to do the next James Bond, playing the lead bad guy,” Taghmaoui revealed to The National. “I was cast by Danny Boyle, and just now he left the project, so of course there’s some uncertainty."
Despite Boyle's exit, Taghmaoui still hopes to face off against current Bond actor Daniel Craig before he retires from the role. “We don’t know who the director will be, and the producers don’t know if they’re going to go Russian or Middle East with the baddie right now," Taghmaoui added. "I literally just received a message saying: ‘If they go Middle East, it’s you. If they go Russian, it’s someone else.’ It’s the story of my life. Always on that line between something that could change my life and something that disappears.”
Taghmaoui is perhaps best known for his role in Wonder Woman, where he played actor-turned-spy Sameer. He was also slated to play the Shadow King in FX's Legion Season 2, but left the role just after filming began. His past credits include G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra, The Kite Runner, Hidalgo and Lost.
Boyle was slated to begin principal photography on Bond 25 in December of this year. A replacement has not yet been announced. Bond 25 is set to be Daniel Craig’s last performance in the iconic role, ending his five-movie run that began in 2007 with Casino Royale.