Magnussen. Billy Magnussen.
No, the local high school graduate isn’t playing the iconic secret agent, but Magnussen is cast in the next installment of the James Bond franchise alongside stars Daniel Craig, Rami Malek, Lashana Lynch and Ralph Fiennes.
Magnussen’s role in the film isn’t clear, although RadioTimes reports he’s rumored to play a CIA agent.
Regardless, Magnussen posted the official trailer for “No Time to Die” on his Instagram account on Wednesday, the same day it was released.
“I swear I’m off camera in one of these shots!!” Magnussen said.
Magnussen’s involvement in one of Hollywood’s most iconic
franchises marks another ascendant moment in his acting career.
The 2003 South Forsyth High School graduate first broke into the acting world on Broadway, in 2007, then got another big break when he was cast in the soap opera “As the World Turns” from 2008 until it was canceled in 2010.
Magnussen’s first critically-acclaimed role was in the Broadway show “Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike,” for which he was nominated for a Tony Award.
Magnussen has since had increasingly notable roles in movies and television. Last year, he was in the dark comedy “Game Night” alongside stars Jason Bateman and Rachel McAdams and the Netflix mini-series “Maniac” with Jonah Hill and Emma Stone.
This year, he’s done more high-profile work with roles in Disney’s live-action remake of “Aladdin” and the Netflix original horror-thriller movie “Velvet Buzzsaw” with Jake Gyllenhaal.
Reports of Magnussen being cast for “Bond 25” first circulated this past February then were made official on April 25.
Magnussen’s involvement makes sense. He previously worked with “No Time to Die” director Cary Joji Fukunaga on “Maniac.”
He’ll jump into the franchise at a critical juncture. “No Time to Die” is the milestone 25th film. It’s also reportedly the fifth and final one for Craig, who took over as Agent 007 in 2006’s “Casino Royale.”
It will also be the first Bond film in eight years, since 2012’s “Skyfall” in which the secret agent retired from M16. “No Time to Die” sees Bond pulled back into service to deal with Safin, the film’s villain played by Malek.
“No Time to Die” will be out in theaters on April 8, 2020.