MGM and Sony Pictures is looking to cast Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, as the main villain in Bond 24. He was recently nominated for his role in 12 Years A Slave. According to Variety he is the studio's top choice, but as of right now no offer has been made.
Ejiofor would make an incredible villain in the Bond series! This wouldn't be his first time playing a bad guy either. He was awesome as the villain in Joss Whedon's Serenity, as well as in Children of Men and Four Brothers. He's definitely got what it takes to play such a sinister role.
The plan is for Sam Mendes to start shooting the film in the summer. The script was written by John Logan.
The report also says that the studio is looking for a Scandinavian woman and a British woman to play the new Bond girls.