12 Years A Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor is reportedly in talks to play the Bond villain in the next 007 outing.

According to Variety, the 36-year-old star is said to be in negotiations to take on the role of Javier Bardem's successor in the as-yet untitled 007 blockbuster.

It was further reported that production is tipped to start in the summer in order to meet the film’s slated November 6, 2015 release date.