After making quite an impact on the movie world by appearing in films like Children of Men and American Gangster, Chiwetel Ejiofor conquered this year with his rousing, passionate performance in Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave.
Now the actor is set to follow in the footsteps of Javier Bardem as a well known, and extremely characteristic actor who can bring those talents to the villainous role.
Variety reported the news:
Sources tell Variety that Chiwetel Ejiofor is the top choice to play the villain in the next installment in the Bond series. No offer has been made yet, and scheduling would still have to be worked out, but sources insist he is the front-runner for the job.
The studio had no comment.
Daniel Craig is already set to return as Bond, with Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris set to return as well. “Skyfall” helmer Sam Mendes will again direct.
Plot details are unknown at this point.
Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson will produce, with John Logan penning the script.
The plan is start production in the summer in order to meet the pic’s release date of Nov. 6, 2015. Casting has been heating up, with the studio also on the lookout for one Scandinavian and one British woman to play the new Bond girls.
After Bardem’s success as the villain in “Skyfall,” the team behind the latest pic has decided to look for someone with a similarly interesting persona.