Los Angeles: Oscar-winning actor Christoph Waltz has signed up to star in 'Bond 24', possibly, as the villain, replacing Chiwetel Ejiofor whose deal did not go through, reported a website.

Christoph Waltz
Christoph Waltz won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor in 2013 for 'Django Unchained'

Neither MGM, Sony nor Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli's Eon Productions have commented on the news.

A newspaper reported that Waltz will have 'significant' role in the movie but 'it's not immediately evident whether the part's friend, or foe, or a bit of both.'

Daniel Craig will return for the fourth time as the British spy, starring opposite Ralph Fiennes as the new M, Naomie Harris as Eve Moneypenny, Rory Kinnear as Bill Tanner and Ben Whishaw as gadget tech Q. Lea Seydoux is the Bond girl, while Dave Bautista is the henchman.

'Skyfall' helmer Sam Mendes is directing the film. Filming begins next month in locations such as in Mexico, Austria, Morocco, Italy and London. The movie is scheduled for a theatrical release on November 6, 2015.