Christoph Waltz Joining Daniel Craig in ‘Bond 24’ – Will He Play the Villain?

Sam Mendes is back to direct the newest James Bond film, which begins shooting in December

Two-time Oscar winner Christoph Waltz has signed on to join Daniel Craig in Sam Mendes‘ “Bond 24,” according to Daily Mail reporter Baz Bamigboye, who has a solid track record when it comes to 007 news.

Representatives for EON Productions and Waltz did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Chiwetel Ejiofor had been in talks for a villainous role in the film, but TheWrap confirmed several weeks ago that the deal never came together. It’s believed that Waltz is taking over that role.

Craig is suiting up for his fourth round as 007, and he’ll be joined by returning cast members Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris and Ralph Fiennes as gadget master Q, Miss Moneypenny and the new M, respectively.

Lea Seydoux is expected to play a femme fatale in “Bond 24,” while “Guardians of the Galaxy” star Dave Bautista will likely play a memorable henchman.

Mendes directed the last Bond movie “Skyfall,” which grossed more than $1 billion worldwide.

Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson are producing the movie, which is expected to be in production from early December through April 2015 on location in Mexico, Morocco, Austria, Italy and London, per Bamigboye.

Waltz will soon be seen in “Horrible Bosses 2” and Tim Burton‘s “Big Eyes,” which premieres Thursday night at LACMA. Amy Adams stars in the latter film, which the Weinstein Company will release on Christmas Day.

Waltz also has David Yates‘ “Tarzan” and Justin Chadwick‘s “Tulip Fever” on the horizon. He’s represented by ICM Partners.