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The Next James Bond Movie Villain Just Might Be Played By Chiwetel Ejiofor

by Natasha Greeves
April 4, 2014 6:33 PM
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Chiwetel Ejiofor

This could be a good thing for his career if it actually happens, since it will probably be the highest profile role he's ever played. 12 Years A Slave was big, but James Bond is 10 times as big, with a global audience. 

According to Variety, Chiwetel Ejiofor is MGM and Sony's top choice to play the villain in the next installment of the James Bond franchise. 

No agreements have been signed yet, but sources say that he is definitely the front-runner for the job; although neither MGM nor Sony are talking.

One can only imagine who this villain will be, after the eccentric bad guy Javier Bardem played in the last 007 movie, Skyfall. Let's hope it's not a reboot of Dr. Kananga (the main antagonist in Live and Let Die - a corrupt Prime Minister from the Caribbean who doubles as a drug lord, played by Yaphet Kotto). It's not often that the villain in James Bond films is black. 

Serenity is maybe the only time he's played anything close to a villain on screen.

Also no word yet on what the plot will be.

Ejiofor would of course be going up against Daniel Craig who will be returning as Bond, as well as Naomie Harris, Ralph Fiennes, and Ben Whishaw all set to return as well in their respective roles. 

Sam Mendes, who helmed the last Bond movie, will again direct. 

Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson will produce with John Logan penning the script.

Production is set to begin this summer, for a November 6, 2015 release. 

The busy Ejiofor is currently shooting Z For Zachariah, and is also attached to John Hillcoat’s Triple Nine

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  • Bondgirl | April 20, 2014 6:41 PMReply

    He definitely pissed me off punching Angelina Jolie straight cold cocked in Salt. He can play a believable villain; it's the matinee idol/hero that I've never bought from him. Look forward to this.

  • Chiwetel Played A Villain In | April 7, 2014 1:16 AMReply

    Four Brothers, Serenity, Slow Burn, and Children of Men. And he was kind of a jerk in Talk to Me.

  • Power | April 6, 2014 9:24 AMReply

    He stole the show as the drug dealing Detroit kingpin in Four Brothers.

  • Donella | April 6, 2014 3:17 PM

    Eat off the floor! You too! Get down there and eat that! Loved him in 4 Brothers. You would never know he was a Brit.

  • Rik | April 5, 2014 3:18 PMReply

    Don't forget to fact-check before you write.

  • Stanley | April 5, 2014 2:32 PMReply

    Don't forget his role as the Operative in, "Serenity."

  • Donella | April 5, 2014 1:26 PMReply

    He was a villain (or antagonist) in Children of Men. Ejiofer does villain, like everything else, very well.

  • august | April 4, 2014 6:53 PMReply

    Dont forget he was the villain in "Four Brothers"

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