In an announcement that has rocked both Hollywood and New Zealand politics, Winston Peters has announced that he is confirmed as the ‘male Māori actor’ sought to play a significant role in the new James Bond movie.
The film, with a working title of ‘James Bond 25’, had an open casting call for male Māori, aged between 25 and 55 to play henchman to the film’s main villain.
The film’s director, Danny Boyle, said that when Winston came in to audition, he turned the whole film on its head.
“Yes, when Winston came in, I was immediately sceptical – after all, he’s nearly 20 years over our ideal actor...”
“But when he started speaking, we all got chills running down our spines! His smooth, sneering and matter-of-fact tone meant we had a bunch of things to reconsider”.
Boyle immediately re-wrote the entire film, with Peters front-and-centre as main villain. Boyle cited his ‘withering gaze’ and ‘cold tone’ as key reasons for the changes.
“Winston is the villain I’ve been searching for my entire career. I wouldn’t be surprised if their was an Oscar in his future!”
The film’s plot is rumoured to be about a megalomaniac – played by Peters – who gains power of a small island nation through a series of shady deals and power grabs.
The film is scheduled for release in late 2019.