Christoph Waltz Presumably Takes a Villain Role in James Bond 24
Back in April, Oscar nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor was being eyed for the villain role in James Bond 24, the as yet untitled next installment in the long-running secret agent franchise. However, it sounds like that may not be happening anymore as The Daily Mail's reliable James Bond scoop master Baz Bamigboye just revealed on Twitter that Christoph Waltz has signed on for a role in 007's next outing. Now we're presuming that he's playing the villain, though the source doesn't actually clarify, so there's a chance that maybe he's not playing a bad guy after all. But having Waltz as a Bond villain just makes sense. Read on!
However, having Waltz as a Bond villain also feels a little too easy. It feels like the kind of role Waltz should have gotten immediately following Inglourious Basterds, and since he's played so many villains now, it almost seems lazy to bring him into the fray. But a Bond villain is an iconic role, and Waltz would be remiss if he turned down the chance to play one of these hopefully, eventually classic parts opposite Daniel Craig. In an interesting twist, Waltz was previously up to play the villain in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, a role that is now being taken by Javier Bardem, the villain of Skyfall.
Production is slated to being in December with director Sam Mendes taking his crew to Mexico, Morocco, Austria, Italy and London. We still don't know what kind of story we're looking at, but we do know that Daniel Craig will be joined again by Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw, and new faces include Lea Seydoux as one of Bond girls and also Dave Bautista as a new henchman who will give 007 some trouble. With production beginning soon, hopefully a title or some more details will emerge sooner than later. Stay tuned for any updates on the progress of James Bond 24, hitting theaters November 6th, 2015.