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Gemma Arterton Is Bond 22's Girl

St Trinian's pupil set for 007

The internet is currently abuzz with rumours that St Trinian's actress Gemma Arterton will be the next Bond girl, as reported in several tabloids today. Though we'd encourage you not to believe anything everything you read in the red tops, Empire has learned from a source who's in a position to be absolutely sure that this casting is 100% true.

What's not absolutely certain yet is whether Arterton will be the main Bond girl, like Eva Green in Casino Royale, or one of the peripheral lovelies like Caterina Murino and that other one. But what we're hearing suggests that she'll be in a fairly major role.

The storyline for Bond 22 – or 007 as it's rumoured to be called after Daniel Craig accidentally slipped up slightly on a talk show – is, of course, still under wraps, so there's no knowing what her role might be. Arterton's certainly got the looks for the part, though we can't judge her acting skills yet as we've yet to see St Trinian's, her first movie. But we do know she's lovely.

To see Empire's exclusive shoot with Arterton click here.