Léa Seydoux is returning to ‘Bond 25’ as Dr. Madeleine Swann

Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris will also appear in the film

In a rare move by the Bond franchise, they’ll be welcoming back Bond girl Léa Seydoux as her character Dr. Madeleine Swann in the as-yet-titled 2020 film.

The franchise doesn’t typically welcome back the so-called ‘Bond girls’ so Seydoux’s return marks a pivotal move for the spy thriller.

Collider also reports that Spectre stars Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris will also reprise their roles in the new film – Fiennes as M, Whitshaw as Q and Harris as Moneypenny.

Speaking about the storyline of Bond 25, director Craig Fukunaga told Philippine newspaper The Inquirer:

“In his first Bond movie, Casino Royale, he [Daniel Craig] brought an incredible amount of vulnerability and humanity to the character, which was a big shift from Pierce Brosnan’s run.

“In terms of what I can bring to change the character, Bond is on a character arc that started with Casino Royale, and I will be carrying that on. There will be changes, I am sure. As in any story, a character has to change in order [to have] a narrative.” He also added that the screenplay, from Bond regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade, isn’t quite finished yet.”

Bond 25 is scheduled for a 14 February 2020 release after the original November 2019 release date was pushed back following Danny Boyle’s departure over creative differences.

Speculation over who could replace Craig in the titular role after the film’s release has been rife of late, with rumours surrounding the possible casting of Idris Elba, in particular. The actor stirred up further talk earlier this year when he posted a heavily edited photo of himself with the caption: “My name’s Elba, Idris Elba” – a play on Bond’s infamous catchphrase.

Before that, director Antoine Fuqua was reported to have told a friend he had told producer Broccoli that Elba “could do it if he was in shape.” However, a rep for Fuqua later denied the conversation had ever taken place.