Published On: Sat, Apr 5th, 2014

’12 Years a Slave’ star Chiwetel Ejiofor set to play villain in new James Bond film

Director Sam Mendes is back for the 24th James Bond film in the spy franchise, which stars Daniel Craig and Ralph Fiennes.

12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor is reportedly the frontrunner to play the villain opposite Craig in the next James Bond movie, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap, published in an April 4 article.

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The article notes “While Ejiofor does not have an official offer yet and is not in formal talks, he is being eyed for the coveted role and is widely presumed to be the frontrunner amongst the other actors under consideration.”

The filmmakers will soon begin casting two key female roles, including a new Bond girl and a “Scandinavian with a troubled past who will serve as a brief love interest for Bond.”

Skyfall became the largest grossing Bond film of all-time, earning over $1 billion worldwide.

Ejiofor recently wrapped Z for Zachariah and will soon begin filming John Hillcoat’s thriller Triple Nine.

Craig will return for his fourth Bond film, while Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw are set to reprise their roles as his boss M, ally Moneypenny and gadget guru Q, respectively.

Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson are producing the movie, which is expected to be in production from November through April 2015.

This film and the next, Bond 25 are said to build on Skyfall – more on that report HERE

Bond 24 will open in theaters on November 6, 2015.

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