It seems the Oscar nominated Chiwetel Ejiofor is the frontrunner to play the villain opposite Daniel Craig in the next James Bond movie, multiple sources familiar with the project have told TheWrap.
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 trade adds that the filmmakers will soon begin casting two key female roles, including a new Bond girl and a Scandinavian love interest for Bond with a troubled past.
Sam Mendes is directing Bond 24, which was written by Skyfall scribe John Logan. Daniel Craig is back as 007, while Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw are set to reprise their roles as M, Moneypenny and Q, respectively.
Bond 24 is set to hit the UK on October 23rd, 2015, and in the US on November 6th, 2015.