Now here’s a bit of casting speculation we can get behind: Chiwetel Ejiofor is the rumored frontrunner for Sam Mendes’ main James Bond villain in the 24th installment of the iconic cinematic series. Call us corny if you must, but this news has us all shaken (not stirred) up, in the best way. With Ejiofor’s chops saddled up alongside the already-confirmed returning cast — Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris, and Ben Whishaw as James Bond, M, Moneypenny, and Q, respectively — we can only imagine what sort of mysterious action-laced intrigue is in store for audiences.
Though nowhere near official, The Wrap reports that Ejiofor — you most likely know him for his work as Solomon Nothrup in the Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave — is the clear frontrunner, with barely more than scheduling in the way of a solidified Craig v. Ejiofor match-up. The role would find Ejiofor in some fairly esteemed company — 2012’s Skyfall found a baddie in the brilliant Javier Bardem. And though there are reportedly a few other actors up for consideration, we’d be lying if we said the idea of Ejiofor in a Bond film made us very, very happy. We’ve certainly got time to wait, though: the film isn’t expected to begin production until November.
What do you think of the idea of Chiwetel Ejiofor as a Bond villain? Let us know in the comments!