Though Skyfall stars some familiar faces, including Judi Dench and, of course, Daniel Craig, the cast list also includes many more that we don’t know so much about. Some fresh info has just dropped on some of those franchise newcomers — the characters played by Javier Bardem, Naomie Harris, and Ola Rapace, to be specific. After the jump, check out new photos of Bardem in villain mode, and read up on details about what Harris and Rapace will be doing in the film.

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Briefly: One of the names often mentioned as a late addition to the cast of Skyfall, the twenty-third James Bond movie, is Helen McCrory. When EON Productions held a press conference last week to announce the title of the film and the beginning of the shoot, McCrory’s name was not mentioned.

Today, however, the official Bond Twitter account has confirmed that McCrory will have a part in the movie. Along with her comes the announcement that Ola Rapace, the ex-husband of actress Noomi Rapace, will also be in the movie. We don’t know anything about the role that either actor will play at this point. This will, I believe, be the first major feature role for Ola Rapace in an English language film.

Sam Mendes directs Skyfall, which stars Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Bérénice Marlohe, Judi Dench, Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, and Albert Finney. It will be released on October 26, 2012 in the U.K. and November 9, 2012 in the U.S.

Noomi Rapace Cast in Swedish Boxing Biopic

Well, it’s not a biopic about all of Swedish boxing — just of one man, Bo Hogberg. While we wait to hear if Ridley Scott will convince Fox that this is the woman for his Alien prequel, Noomi Rapace, the original Lisbeth Salander has taken a job acting opposite her ex-husband in a story that is already being referred to as a Swedish boxing legend. Read More »