Dave Bautista Cast As A Villain In Sam Mendes’ Upcoming James Bond Film

Guardians of the Galaxy solidified Chris Pratt as Hollywood’s next big leading man, but it also helped the careers of seemingly everyone else connected to James Gunn‘s box office dominating Marvel release as well. The most surprising of the bunch is Dave Bautista, who’s mostly only known in the professional wrestling world until he took the scene-stealing role of Drax the Destroyer. He won over movie audiences worldwide and now, according to Latino Review, he’ll put that newfound love to the test by portraying a villain in Sam Mendes’ upcoming James Bond film.

According to the popular movie site, Bautista has been cast to play the bad guy in the upcoming Mendes-directed Bond film, which we will call Bond 24 from here on out. Bautista fits the description producers gave a few weeks back about what they were looking for in the Bond 24 villain:

We are looking to follow in the tradition of JAWS and ODDJOB in finding an iconic baddy.

Hinx (Male, 30 – 45)

Ideally over 6 foot 2 inches. Hinx is the main henchman/assassin. We are looking for an imposing extremely physically fit actor. He has several fights with Bond and will have to have stunt training. He has to drive. We are looking for someone very unusual, possibly from a sports background.

Standing at six foot six inches in height and weighing well over 200lbs, I think it’s safe to say Bautista is the perfect fit for whatever role producers have in mind. I wouldn’t mind if they made him Jaws to be perfectly honest, but I can appreciate Mendes’ desire to add his own twist to the enduring spy franchise.

Bond 24 should begin production before the end of 2014, so it’s likely we will learn more about the characters, as well as the film’s proper title, in the months ahead. Léa Seydoux, best known for Blue is the Warmest Color and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, was cast as one of the film’s femme fatales just last week.

Bond 24, directed by Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig, opens November 6, 2015.

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