Chiwetel Ejiofor Eyes Villain Role in ‘Bond 24’, Is He Blofeld?

The ‘12 Years a Slave’ star is reportedly Sony and MGM’s top choice to play 007’s nemesis in director Sam Mendes’ sequel.
The 12 Years a Slave star is reportedly Sony and MGMs top choice to play 007s nemesis in director Sam Mendes sequel.

12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor is reportedly the top choice to play the villain in Sony and MGM's Bond 24, according to a new report from Variety.

The studios haven't offered the role to Chiwetel Ejiofor yet, and scheduling issues will still need to be worked out if he signs on, but insiders claim that the Oscar-nominated actor is the front runner.

No details were given regarding the villain, although we reported in November that MGM won back the rights to the Blofeld character and his villainous organization S.P.E.C.T.R.E., which lead to speculation that he will be a part of this sequel. Screenwriter John Logan also teased last month that S.P.E.C.T.R.E. might come into play. Will Chiwetel Ejiofor be Ernst Stavro Blofeld? That's a possibility.

We reported in March that production is scheduled to begin in October, but this new report reveals that shooting will actually begin this summer. Casting is already under way, with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson searching for a Scandanavian woman and a British woman to play the new Bond girls.

Skyfall stars Daniel Craig (James Bond), Ralph Fiennes (M), Naomie Harris (Moneypenny) and Ben Whishaw (Q) reprising their roles, under the direction of Sam Mendes.

Chiwetel Ejiofor will next be seen in Z for Zachariah and Triple Nine. The actor is no stranger to playing the bad guy, with villainous roles in 2005's Four Brothers and 2006's Children of Men.

Spectre comes to theaters November 6th, 2015 and stars Dave Bautista, Christoph Waltz, Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Monica Bellucci, Léa Seydoux, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris. The film is directed by Sam Mendes.

Sources: Variety

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  1. Sean

    @corey Because if he plays that 'Doctor Evil' looking role, that won't work because that character is white and not black. Not that it would be huge deal though.

    12 months agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  2. masterofthemoon

    Patrick Stewart would make a better Blofeld

    12 months agoby @masterofthemoonFlag

  3. thedude-abides

    @shuabert Lol. Right?

    12 months agoby @thedude-abidesFlag

  4. Kris Artman Carroll

    Probably gonna be Baron Samedi or Dr. Kananga/Mr. Big 2.0

    12 months agoby @Kris-Artman-CarrollFlag

  5. Corey W.

    @themoviefanatic Why wouldn't this work?

    12 months agoby @coreyFlag

  6. TheObserver

    He was flawless in Serenity why the f*ck are ppl freaking out !??

    12 months agoby @TheObserverFlag

  7. The Knight Has Risen

    This could work extremely well...

    12 months agoby @thehost91Flag

  8. JasonKat

    pls NO! I love this guy, and i can NOT see him as a bad guy. I rather see him die trying as a goodie but not killed by bond as a baddie.

    12 months agoby @jasonkatFlag

  9. Josh

    Who care's WHO he's playing, just make this happen.

    12 months agoby @shuabertFlag

  10. Sean

    That won't work.

    12 months agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  11. cvnt$top

    Lets go!!!

    12 months agoby @cvntstopFlag

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