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Irish star Andrew Scott is in the running for a part in the next James Bond film.

The 38-year-old Dubliner could be cast as a villain in Bond 24 opposite main man Daniel Craig.

If chosen, he will star alongside returning cast members Naomi Harris as Moneypenny and Ralph Fiennes as M.

Sam Mendes, who directed the last Bond movie, Skyfall, will also return.

It won't be the first time Scott has played a baddie - he was Jim Moriarty in smash hit TV series Sherlock.

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"Andrew was hand-picked for a role in the new Bond movie after film bosses loved his star turn in Sherlock," said a Sherlock insider.

"Casting directors thought he was perfect to play a baddie and they wanted to use his existing Sherlock profile and ramp it up to the next level.

"Andrew is hoping the move will see him leap from television to the big screen, when he can eventually divide his time between London and Los Angeles.

"He's well aware that this is his big break. Sherlock has changed all our careers, and I'm really pleased about that.

"It gives you the benefit of the doubt because executives like to see recognisable faces."

Scott recently admitted that his role in Sherlock alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman had changed his life and made him a public figure.

"It was overwhelming to be on a TV show that is so popular. That took me totally by surprise. People had an instant affection for it from the first episode," he said.

"The reaction was extraordinary. People still come up to me in the street all the time, wanting to talk about it."

However, he said that while promoting comedy film The Stag, he didn't want to be known as just a villain.

"I was looking forward to playing something less dark. I've done a lot of comedy in theatre, but in recent years I've done projects that are a little more serious," he said.

rschiller@herald.ie


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