"Skyfall" has found its MI6 gadget maestro. Report said English actor Ben Whishaw is tapped to play Q in the upcoming James Bond film. 31-year-old Whishaw will be the first Q depicter who is younger than Bond, played by 43-year-old Daniel Craig, in the 007 franchise history.
An insider told The Sun of the casting news, "Female fans will have more than Daniel to gush over now Ben's been cast as Q. He'll be a big draw. It's a bold decision as it means Q will be younger than Bond for the first time." The source added, "His role will be very different from previous Qs. He'll be far more serious, as is the trend with the news films."
Q was last seen in 2002's "Die Another Day" and was tackled by John Cleese. He took over the role from veteran actor Desmond Llewelyn, who had played the character for the previous 36 years. The fictional character is described as the head of Q Division, a research and development branch of the British Secret Service.
"Skyfall" is currently filming in the U.K. with Sam Mendes serving behind the lens. Craig reprises his role as the flamboyant secret agent, while Judi Dench returns as his superior M. They are joined by Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe.
In the forthcoming movie, Bond's loyalty to M is tested as her past comes back to haunt her. As MI6 comes under attack, 007 must track down and destroy the threat, no matter how personal the cost is. The much awaited action movie will be released in the U.K. on October 26, 2012 before opening wide in the U.S. on November 9 the same year.