Dave Bautista cast in Bond 24?

Dave Bautista was one of the surprise packages of Guardians Of The Galaxy , and it looks like the former wrestler is set to be rewarded for his scene-stealing antics with a role in the new Bond film.

Not so long ago, it was reported that the production was looking for “an imposing, extremely physically fit actor… someone very unusual, possibly from a sports background”, to play one of the antagonist’s henchmen.

Well, according to Latino Review , Bautista is the man for the job and has already signed on to play the character, known only as “Hinx”.

Filming is set to begin on the project on 6 December 2014, so expect a glut of further casting announcements over the coming weeks, as the production process starts to kick into gear.

Directed by the returning Sam Mendes and starring Daniel Craig as 007, Bond 24 will open in the UK on 23 October 2015.