'12 Years A Slave' actor is frontrunner to play baddie opposite Daniel Craig

Chiwetel Ejiofor is reportedly favourite to play the baddie in the next James Bond film.

According to The Wrap, the actor, who was nominated for an Oscar for his role in 12 Years A Slave, is frontrunner to play the villain in the franchise’s next film, due to start filming in November.

So far, there are few details about Bond 24 other than the fact Daniel Craig is returning to play 007, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishsaw are reprising their roles as M, Moneypenny and Q respectively, and that Sam Mendes will direct. Mendes directed ‘Skyfall’, which grossed more than $1billion around the world, making it the most-successful Bond film in history.

It’s believed there has been no official offer made to Ejiofor yet, but producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael Wilson are thought to be keen on him for the part. The filmmakers will also soon begin casting two key female roles, including a new Bond girl and a Scandinavian with a troubled past who will serve as a brief love interest for Bond.

Ejiofor recently wrapped Z For Zachariah and will soon begin filming John Hillcoat’s star-studded thriller Triple Nine.