London: 'Sherlock' star Andrew Scott will reportedly play a villain in the next James Bond film. The 38-year-old Irish actor currently plays Sherlock Holmes' nemesis, James Moriarty, on TV, according to a British tabloid.
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The news comes amid rumours that Christoph Waltz had also been tapped to play a Bond villain.
"Andrew was hand-picked for a role in the new Bond movie after film bosses loved his star turn in 'Sherlock'.
Casting directors thought he was perfect to play a baddie and they wanted to use his existing Sherlock profile - and amp it up to the next level.
"Andrew is hoping the move will see him leap from TV to the big screen, where he can eventually divide his time between London and LA. He knows this is his big break," a source said.
The official title and cast of the 24th instalment of the Bond franchise is set to be announced tomorrow and the movie will hit cinemas in October next year.