Oscar-nominated 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor is Sony Pictures and MGM's top choice to play the villain in James Bond 24, according to Variety.
The trade says that the studios have not made an offer yet, but that the actor is the frontrunner for the job. They add that the producers are "also on the lookout for one Scandinavian and one British woman to play the new Bond girls."
Daniel Craig, Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw are returning for the 24th installment, which will again be directed by Skyfall helmer Sam Mendes from a script by John Logan. Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson will produce.
Filming is expected to start this summer for a November 6, 2015 release.
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