January 7, 2008 / 4:43 AM / 10 years ago

Gemma Arterton cast as new "Bond girl"

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - British newcomer Gemma Arterton has been cast as the “Bond girl” for the latest installment of the 007 franchise, currently shooting in London, the film’s producer said.

<p>Actress Gemma Arterton poses at the world premiere of "St Trinians" in London, Dec. 10, 2007. REUTERS/Anthony Harvey</p>

The movie, which has the working title of “Bond 22,” marks Daniel Craig’s second turn as James Bond. Swiss-raised filmmaker Marc Forster (“The Kite Runner”) is directing the Columbia Pictures/MGM production.

Details of Arterton’s character, known as Fields, were not available, but a representative for the film’s Los Angeles-based producer, Danjaq Prods., said “it’s a nice-sized role.”

Talk of Arterton’s casting had been swirling around the blogosphere and in British tabloids since mid-December. Arterton plays a schoolgirl in the comedy “St. Trinian‘s,” which was recently released in Britain.

Reuters/Hollywood Reporter

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