Looks like the rumors were correct this time, as The Hollywood Reporter has just officially confirmed the casting of Gemma Arterton as the new Bond girl in next fall's highly-anticipated follow-up to Casino Royale, currently titled Bond 22. The trade says she'll play a character named "Fields" in the flick, which is scheduled to be released on November 7th. All that was said about her character was that "it's a nice-sized role," which came from a production company rep. Not much is known about the film as of now, except that it will pick up right where Casino Royale left off. For a brief look at Arterton's on-screen career, might I quote Monika from her piece early last month when Arterton's name first circulated as a major player in the casting of James Bond's next leading lady: "Gemma Arterton just spent some time Capturing Mary on television. She's about to follow that up by wreaking havoc at St. Trinian's, and from there -- she's spent some time in Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla, before being Lost in Austen as Elizabeth Bennet, and then co-starring in 3 and Out." She's young, she's unknown and she's fresh out of drama school. Arterton will join Daniel Craig (reprising his role as Bond), as well as Mathieu Amalric, who was just cast as the film's main villain.
So, does Gemma have what it takes to become a successful (and memorable) Bond girl?
[Special thanks to Patricia for the heads up]