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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Rumor: Christoph Waltz In Negotiations For Villain Role In 'Bond 24'

With the projected start date for production on the next iteration of Sam Mendes' take on the Bond mythos coming next month, its a little bit of a surprise that we haven't heard much regarding casting for the new film.

We know that Lea Seydoux is playing the "femme fatale" role and that Dave Bautista has signed on for a "Jaws-like" henchman part. But every Bond movie needs a mastermind, and who's better at playing despicable villains than Christoph Waltz?

According to The Wrap, the team behind "Bond 24" are thinking along those lines, as the two-time Oscar winner is lining up for a role that is considered to be the lead villain of the untitled next entry in the series. 

It's believed that Waltz is taking over the role that Chiwetel Ejiofor was originally circling.

There's a funny bit of synchronicity at work here, as the last Bond villain was played by Javier Bardem, who won an Oscar in 2008 for playing the villain of No Country for Old Men, and Waltz won the same award in 2010 for his villainous turn in Inglorious Basterds, with only the late Heath Ledger separating the two. A coincidence, but a fun one nevertheless.

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