Ben Whishaw to Play Q in Skyfall

It was previously announced that Ben Whishaw was part of the cast of the next James Bond movie, Skyfall, but it was not known who the actor would be playing.

Now comes word from Variety that he will be taking on the role of MI6 gadget master Q, who was previously played by Desmond Llewelyn and John Cleese. It would mark the first time that Q is younger than 007. Whishaw is just 31 years old while Daniel Craig is 43.

Sam Mendes is currently directing the 23rd James Bond film, which also stars Javier Bardem, Dame Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Berenice Marlohe, Ralph Fiennes, Albert Finney, Helen McCrory and Ola Rapace. The movie opens in theaters on November 9, 2012.

In related news, the official Twitter account for the film has posted the following clapperboard photos – the first is from the 10th day of the shoot and the second one is for a night shoot that is taking place now.

(Photo Credit: WENN.com)