In early February, it was http://movieweb.com/javier-bardem-confirms-james-bond-23-villain-offer/announced that Javier Bardem had been offered the role of an unspecified villain in James Bond 23. Now, it seems that Anthony Hopkins is being sought for a similar role.
It isn't clear if both actors are up for the same part, or if they will act alongside each other as dual villains should both sign on. Anthony Hopkins is close to signing a deal to appear as 007's nemesis in James Bond 23, but it appears that he is having an issue with how many sequels he needs to come back for.
"The only stumbling block seems to be the number of films he is signing up for. There is a chance the character they want him to play could become a regular feature, like Blofeld back in the day."
We are sure to hear official casting announcements very soon, as James Bond 23 is heading into production later this year.