Bardem Wanted For “Bond 23” Villain?

Javier Bardem has been offered a starring role in the upcoming 23rd James Bond film currently set for a November 9th 2012 release reports Deadline.

Generally the largest male role opposite 007 in a Bond film is the villain. EON Productions made the offer to Bardem last week to join Daniel Craig and director Sam Mendes on the production which is expected to begin shooting in the Fall.

If there’s a problem though, it’s that the offer came around the same time Bardem received the offer to play gunslinger Roland Deschain in the Ron Howard-directed trilogy based on Stephen King’s novel series “The Dark Tower”. Bardem could conceivably do both depending upon scheduling.

With various studios keen on getting the distribution rights to the next Bond film, MGM is also reportedly trying to make use of that interest to get whichever studio is chosen to distribute the film to co-finance a number of films with MGM.