Javier Bardem could be delving into a darker side in Spanish thriller Alacran Enamorado (Scorpion In Love).
The Oscar-winning Spanish star is rumoured to be considering taking the part of a neo-Nazi in the big-screen adaptation of his brother Carlos Bardem's novel of the same name, reported Cineuropa.
Alex Gonzalez is already on board to play a young neo-Nazi nicknamed the 'Scorpion', who falls for a Latin American immigrant (Judith Diakhate) in present-day multi-cultural Spain in the Romeo And Juliet-inspired tale, which has been described as "a fable that shows that love and trust can save us from the path to auto-destruction".
African-Spanish filmmaker Santiago Zannou will direct from a screenplay adapted by Carlos, who will also appear as a boxing trainer.
It would be the first time Javier returns to acting under a Spanish director in eight years, since he worked with Alejandro Amenabar on 2004 drama The Sea Inside.
Javier, whose chilling performance as sociopathic assassin Anton Chigurh in the Coen brothers' No Country For Old Men won him an Academy Award, has been filming the next Bond film, Skyfall, with Daniel Craig and Naomie Harris.
The actor, who has been enjoying parenthood with wife Penelope Cruz, is due to head Stateside to join Ridley Scott's star-studded The Counsellor.