According to The Daily Mail director Sam Mendes has spoken to Ralph Fiennes about taking on ‘a darkly complex’ role in Bond 23. Talks are said to be only in the discussion stage at this point, but Fiennes is said to be interested after being told of Mendes’s ‘revolutionary’ plans for the film.
More details from the site:
‘It’s the first of a new generation of Bond films, and the ideas Mendes has push the film into darker territory where the characters are modern, mature and challenging,’ a film executive in Los Angeles connected to the production told me.
I was told Fiennes was approached because ‘the part is one of extreme complexity and only an actor of great ability and dexterity can take it on — and Ralph’s name is top of our list’.
From what I can gather, it’s not the same part that’s being talked about for Javier Bardem.
Fiennes is a great actor and would be a welcomed addition to the franchise, especially if the role is as interesting as it sounds.
Filming on Bond 23 will begin later this year for a November 2012 release, so we will be getting more casting news and confirmations over the upcoming weeks.