He won an Oscar for portraying one of the most chillingly psychopathic villains in recent film history, and now, Javier Bardem is set to go bad in perhaps the most iconic film franchise of all time.
Long rumored to be in talks for the part, Bardem confirmed to ABC's Nightline that he would be playing the villain in the next James Bond film, a Sam Mendes-directed feature with the current working title of "Bond 23."
"I am very excited, my parents took me to watch the movies, and I saw all of them, and to play that is going to be fun," he told the news magazine (via MI:6, the top Bond fansite). "They chose me to play this man, but I cannot give you many details."
The cast for the film has begun to assemble around returning 007 Daniel Craig; young French actress Bérénice Marlohe is rumored to be the next Bond Girl, while Naomi Harris will play Moneypenny. Ralph Fiennes is also rumored to be joining the cast. The film is rumored to be called "Skyfall."