Chiwetel Ejiofor Eyed for James Bond Villain Role?

Chiwetel Ejiofor (Photo: Associated Press)

While many have debated whether the next James Bond should be black, it looks like its next villain may be.

Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor is the frontrunner to play the bad guy opposite Daniel Craig in the next James Bond movie, according to The Wrap.

The “12 Years a Slave” actor would join Craig along with Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw, who are set to reprise their roles as his boss M, ally Moneypenny and gadget guru Q, respectively.

Sam Mendes, who is directing his 24th film in the spy franchise, will direct the as-yet-untitled “Bond 24,” which was written by “Skyfall” scribe John Logan.

“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,” The Wrap reports.

Watch Chiwetel Ejiofor in the BBC-Starz miniseries, “Dancing on the Edge”
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