Chiwetel Ejiofor Eyed to Play Villain in Next James Bond Movie (Exclusive)

Chiwetel Ejiofor Eyed to Play Villain in Next James Bond Movie (Exclusive)

Sam Mendes is directing the 24th film in the spy franchise, which stars Daniel Craig and Ralph Fiennes

Fresh off an Oscar nomination for “12 Years a Slave,” Chiwetel Ejiofor is the frontrunner to play the villain opposite Daniel Craig in the next James Bond movie, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.

Sony, MGM and Ejiofor's reps at CAA all declined comment.

Sam Mendes is directing the as-yet-untitled “Bond 24,” which was written by “Skyfall” scribe John Logan.

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Craig will return to don the tuxedo, 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.

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.

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

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.

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Mendes’ last James Bond movie, “Skyfall,” grossed more than $1.1 billion worldwide.

Ejiofor recently wrapped “Z for Zachariah” and will soon begin filming John Hillcoat's star-studded thriller “Triple Nine.”

He's repped by CAA, Markham, Froggatt and Irwin and attorney Robert S. Wallerstein.

  • Pussy Galore

    Yawn. Boring choice.

    • tobi

      Move along troll.

      • Pussy Galore

        Nope, not a troll at all, thanks very much. I honestly don't think Chiwetel is a very inspired choice. I have my opinion. You have yours. Doesn't make me a troll methinks. Move along, tobi.

        • tobi

          Troll.

          • Pussy Galore

            Oh, OK, o wise one. I have a different opinion to you so I must be a troll. What a cliche.

          • tobi

            Troll.

          • Pussy Galore

            Oh, I get it now. YOU are the troll. Well played.

          • tobi

            Thank you.

          • Jackie Jormpjomp

            Troll

  • Jackie Jormpjomp

    He should be eyed for James Bond. He'd be great. Ever since his charming but monstrous turn in Serenity he seemed perfect to be 007. Ah well. Villain is cool too.

  • Michael Difani

    I saw the first three Bond movies at an army post theater in W. Germany in the early 60's. “Dr.No” with Connery and hottie Ursula Andress in a white bikini had my fellow GIs hooping and hollering…how about the wild fight in a train car between Connery and bad guy played by Robert Shaw (“Quint” in “Jaws”) in “From Russia with Love”?