Sony/MGM Aiming at Oscar Nom Chiwetel Ejiofor for Bond 24 Villain
"No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!" Oooh now this sounds nearly perfect. A number of Hollywood trades, including Variety/The Wrap, are reporting that MGM/Sony is looking at Oscar nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor for a villain role in the next James Bond movie. Casting and pre-production is underway on Bond 24, as it's currently known since they haven't revealed a title, but we do know Sam Mendes and of course Daniel Craig are back as director and 007, respectively. Their "sources" say that Ejiofor "is the top choice to play the villain" but no offer has been made and scheduling would need to work out before it's confirmed.
While we're eager to report this news, lest we remind you that it is
very way too early to report this, but it seems like they're intent on getting Chiwetel Ejiofor for the villain role in the end. Skyfall, the last Bond, starred Javier Bardem as the villain, with Mathieu Amalric and Mads Mikkelsen as the villains in the movies before that one. Bond 24 will bring back Daniel Craig, along with Ralph Fiennes, Ben Whishaw and Naomie Harris. Other plot details are currently unknown. Officially, Bond 24 is set for release on November 6th, 2015, so they've got more than a year, but production needs to be scheduled by the end of the year. It's likely we'll be hearing plenty more about this film, the villain role, and Ejiofor's involvement, soon enough.
It should be noted that Chiwetel Ejiofor's big mainstream breakout was in 2004 when he appeared as the villain in theSerenity movie from 2005, directed by Joss Whedon. Ejiofor received an Oscar nomination this year for his exceptional lead performance in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, which went on to win Best Picture anyway. He was also mentioned as one of our choices for Lex Luthor. In addition to Serenity and 12 Years, Ejiofor has appeared in Kinky Boots, Inside Man, Children of Men, Talk to Me, American Gangster, Redbelt, Endgame, 2012, Salt, Half of a Yellow Sun and is filming Z for Zachariah now. Stay tuned to see.