Bond 24, which is the working title for the new James Bond film, has found its villain. According to The Daily Mail, Christoph Waltz has signed on to play a character who is believed to be the antagonist in the film. “It’s not immediately evident whether the part’s friend, or foe, or a bit of both,” The Daily Mail’s Baz Bamigboye said. One thing’s for sure though, the character he will play is a cunning “nemesis of sorts”.
The role that will played by Waltz in Bond 24 is reportedly the same role Chiwetel Ejiofor was previously in talks for before he dropped out of the project. Aside from Waltz, Lea Seydoux of Blue Is the Warmest Color will be joining the film as a femme fatale while wrestler, Dave Bautista, who starred in the box office hit Guardians of the Galaxy, will be playing the key henchman.
Christoph Waltz has always been a #Bond villain. So friendly, yet so terrifying. http://t.co/B31Tt7ZFwa #MaximMan pic.twitter.com/hktupAHcBJ
— Maxim (@MaximMag) November 15, 2014
Sam Mendes will be directing Bond 24, which is a direct follow-up to the highly successful Skyfall. Daniel Craig will reprise his role as James Bond and he will be joined by returning cast members Ben Whishaw, Ralph Fiennes, and Naomie Harris, who will be playing the roles of Q the quartermaster, M, and Miss Moneypenny respectively.
According to The Daily Mail, the cast of Bond 24 will be meeting for a script read-through before they start shooting in December. Sam Mendes will be present as well as the film’s writers to talk the cast through the film’s key moments including the action sequences.
Because of his involvement with Bond 24, Waltz won’t be joining Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight, which will begin shooting at around the same time as the 007 flick. It is worth noting that Waltz collaboration with Tarantino on the films Inglorious Basterds and Django Unchained has been fruitful to say the least.
Bond 24 is scheduled to be released on November 16, 2015.