Chiwetel Ejiofor is set to star in Bond 24.

The '12 Years a Slave' actor is reportedly being eyed to play the main villain in the next movie in the iconic spy franchise, ''multiple'' sources told website The Wrap.

Though formal talks with Chiwetel have not yet begun, producers are keen for him to take the coveted role, though other actors are also under consideration.

However, representatives for the actor, Sony and MGM all declined to comment on the claims.

Sam Mendes is directing the as-yet untitled movie, which will see Daniel Craig return to play suave spy James Bond for a fourth time, while Ralph Fiennes, Naomie Harris and Ben Whishaw are all also coming back to the franchise to play boss M, ally Moneypenny, and gadget expert Q respectively.

'Skyfall' writer John Logan is writing the script for the film, which is expected to be in production from November until next April.

As well as searching for a villain, casting is set to begin for two key female roles, including a new Bond girl and a Scandinavian with a ''troubled past'', who will be a brief love interest for the spy.

Ejiofor recently completed filming 'Z for Zachariah' and is preparing to start work on thriller 'Triple Nine.