Academy Award winner Javier Bardem has been offered a starring role in the 23rd James Bond film, Deadline reports. The details are being closely guarded, but traditionally the biggest male role opposite 007 is the villain.
According to the website, the offer was made last week, around the time Bardem received an Oscar nomination for Biutiful and another offer for the lead in Ron Howard's adaptation of Stephen King's The Dark Tower.
If he were to accept the Bond offer, Bardem, who won an Oscar in 2007 for No Country for Old Men, would join returning stars Daniel Craig and Judi Dench, and American Beauty director Sam Mendes. Written by franchise veterans Neal Purvis and Robert Wade and The Gladiator writer John Logan, the still-untitled movie is set for release on Nov. 9, 2012 -- the 50th anniversary of the first Bond film Dr. No.