The cast for Bond 24 is coming together. We don’t know the actual title of the film yet, but with shooting set to commence in just a few weeks expect a splashy press conference with that detail and many other bits of information. In the meantime we’ll continue to assemble an understanding of the film from small bits of leaked information. The latest intel says that Christoph Waltz has signed for a role in the film. Just what he’ll do in Bond 24 is a mystery, however.
Daily Mail reporter Baz Bamigboye — who is consistently on point with Bond news — tweeted the casting info:
#CHRISTOPHWALTZ SIGNS ON FOR BOND24.Shoots early December Mexico Morocco Austria Italy & London.
— Baz Bamigboye (@BazBam) November 13, 2014
We’ll wait for info on his role, but we’d guess that Waltz is taking the bad-guy part that Chiwetel Ejiofor was previously in talks to inhabit. Waltz had been in talks for Pirates of the Caribbean 5, but moved on from that project. (Javier Bardem is reportedly playing that role now.)
As for the rest of the cast, Daniel Craig will play 007 a fourth time, and Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris and Ralph Fiennes are all reprising their Skyfall roles. In addition, Lea Seydoux and Dave Bautista have been said to be set for roles of a femme fatale and key henchman, respectively.
Sam Mendes returns to direct Bond 24. Edge of Tomorrow and Get On Up writer Jez Butterworth recently confirmed that he’s polishing the script (as he did for Skyfall). The draft was previously written by John Logan, with revisions from Neal Purvis and Robert Wade. Hoyte van Hoytema (Her, Interstellar) is shooting the film.
The film is set for release on October 23, 2015 in the UK and November 6, 2015 in the US.
by Russ Fischer