Chiwetel Ejiofor in Talks for Role in Marvel’s Doctor Strange

23 Jan

Howdy ladies and gents, time for a little more comic book film news on the Marvel side of things and this relates to the upcoming Doctor Strange film coming out in 2016. The following information comes from superherohype:

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The Hollywood Reporter brings word this evening that 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor is in talks for an undisclosed role in Marvel Studios’ upcoming film Doctor Strange.

According to the outlet, some of their sources indicate he could be taking on the villain role of the film while others have refuted that. Check back here for further confirmation on the casting as we learn it. Ejiofor is no stranger to villain discussions, as he was previously in talks to be the lead villain of the 24th James Bond film, Spectre, though those talks fell through.

Scheduled to hit theaters November 4, 2016, Doctor Strange is scripted by Jon Spaihts and is said to follow the story of neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions. Scott Derickson will direct the film, which sees Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role of the Sorcerer Supreme.

I read this yesterday and I grinned a lot. Marvel Studios seem to be attracting talent left, right and center with their upcoming films, and to add someone as talented as Chiwetel Ejiofor just makes me happy. These comic book films are super big blockbusters and when they’re good, the word of mouth surrounding them spreads like wildfire especially when it comes to the actors. Ejiofor I’ve always liked since I saw him in Four Brothers and then in Firefly and since his amazing performance in 12 Years a Slave, the man has become super popular. And if he does have a role in this new Marvel film I’ll be so happy. 🙂 Now I don’t know much about the villains in the mythos of Doctor Strange (besides Baron Mordo and Dormammu), however several people in the comments section of the site claim that he could be either Brother Voodoo, Mordo or Dormammu. Any of which I would be happy with, though since Mordo is classically a white character, it would be interesting to see if they would change the race for the role.

Anyway what do you think of this news and do you think Ejiofor is a good fit for this film or any other films in the MCU? Please be sure to comment below and let me know your thoughts.

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Posted by on January 23, 2015 in Films, Media


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