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Penélope Cruz has signed on to star opposite Daniel Craig in 007's next adventure.
There has been no official confirmation yet, nor any word as to who she'll be playing, but we can't think of a better choice for a Bond girl. If she's half as charismatic as hubby Javier Bardem was in Skyfall , we should be in for a treat…
Producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson are thought to have wanted Cruz for past outings, only for scheduling conflicts to prevent it from happening.
The news comes hot on the heels of reports that Sam Mendes may well be back in the frame to direct , having initially ruled himself out due to theatre commitments.
Filming on the project is set to begin in summer 2014, with a release date tentatively pencilled in for 2016. With Cruz, Craig and Mendes potentially on board, colour us officially excited!