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Chiwetel Ejiofor near deal to star in Marvel's Doctor Strange

01.22.2015

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Chiwetel Ejiofor could be in line for his first comic book movie. The Oscar nominated actor is being eyed by Marvel to take on a role in the upcoming DOCTOR STRANGE film. He would join his 12 YEARS A SLAVE co-star Benedict Cumberbatch, who is starring as supreme Stephen Strange, aka Doctor Strange. It’s in early stages and Marvel hasn’t announced anything, so fingers crossed.

THR had their own thoughts on who he might play:

If Marvel feels like mixing up ethnicities, a possible role could be that of Wong, the monk servant to Strange who is adept in martial arts. Another possibility is the role of the Ancient One, a semi-immortal mystic who mentors Strange and is the Sorcerer Supreme of this dimension.

It's unclear which role Ejiofor is circling, but sources have come out and insisted it's not the villain, who is believed to be Baron Mordo, a sorcerer's pupil whose next in line status is usurped by Strange, and he obviously doesn’t take it well. It's speculation and it’s everyone's bread and butter, so eat that up. Ejiofor was previously in talks to be the lead villain in SPECTRE, but though those talks fell through. Personally I’d love to see him play a villain and I’m sure he'd have a lot of fun with it too.

DOCTOR STRANGE begins production this fall and will be directed by Scott Derrickson from a script by Jon Spaihts for a November 4, 2016 release.

Who do you think Ejiofor could or should be playing in DOCTOR STRANGE?

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12:13PM on 01/23/2015
Good casting. If not Wong (or some variation of the character), my guess would be Brother Voodoo.
Good casting. If not Wong (or some variation of the character), my guess would be Brother Voodoo.
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8:30AM on 01/23/2015

Not Wong or the Ancient One

The MCU has a shortage of Asian and Latino characters. Making all the ethnic characters black is not a recipe for diversity.
The MCU has a shortage of Asian and Latino characters. Making all the ethnic characters black is not a recipe for diversity.
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5:29AM on 01/23/2015
I love everything Marvel do but one of their strengths is also their weaknesses...they have a knack of securing brilliant talent and then waste them in lesser roles - as luke319 pointed out - securing people like Idris Elba as or Djimon Hounsou and also Jaimie Alexander (who I so wish was Wonder Woman) - I just wish they got better characters, A list ones...or at least give their lower level characters more presence because the talent they have deserves that. Always liked Ejiofor but for
I love everything Marvel do but one of their strengths is also their weaknesses...they have a knack of securing brilliant talent and then waste them in lesser roles - as luke319 pointed out - securing people like Idris Elba as or Djimon Hounsou and also Jaimie Alexander (who I so wish was Wonder Woman) - I just wish they got better characters, A list ones...or at least give their lower level characters more presence because the talent they have deserves that. Always liked Ejiofor but for things like Redbelt and Serenity - honestly, feel he deserves a better class of character. Oh well, only so many top level roles available - :o) Sometimes, I'd have preferred WB's to have secured the services of these people...certainly in the case of Jaimie Alexander.
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1:42PM on 01/23/2015
You could make this argument for Renner and Hawkeye as well. They have done nothing with him or the character. Black Widow is in 4 movies so far. Hawkeye is in 1 and has a very brief cameo in another.
You could make this argument for Renner and Hawkeye as well. They have done nothing with him or the character. Black Widow is in 4 movies so far. Hawkeye is in 1 and has a very brief cameo in another.
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2:23AM on 01/23/2015

Man, this bums me out just because...

I love Ejuofor and would like to see him play an A-List character instead of some supporting role. It's like when we finally seeing Idris Elba as Heimdall or Djimon Hounsou as Korath. Yeah, they did great in their roles, but there are so many other characters I would have rather see them play.
I love Ejuofor and would like to see him play an A-List character instead of some supporting role. It's like when we finally seeing Idris Elba as Heimdall or Djimon Hounsou as Korath. Yeah, they did great in their roles, but there are so many other characters I would have rather see them play.
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11:42PM on 01/22/2015
Cumberbatch AND Ejiofor? This is gonna be good.
Cumberbatch AND Ejiofor? This is gonna be good.
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11:27PM on 01/22/2015
I really hope he's playing the Ancient One, it's the kind of bold choice that works that i want to see Marvel do more of. Also i dont want to see him go from playing Cumberbatch's slave in "12 Years" to his servant in this movie.
I really hope he's playing the Ancient One, it's the kind of bold choice that works that i want to see Marvel do more of. Also i dont want to see him go from playing Cumberbatch's slave in "12 Years" to his servant in this movie.
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10:44PM on 01/22/2015
He made a great villain in Serenity so seeing him as a villain again would be great if that pans out.
He made a great villain in Serenity so seeing him as a villain again would be great if that pans out.
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10:22PM on 01/22/2015
Dormammu!
Dormammu!
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10:11PM on 01/22/2015
The guy is a great actor. I'm only against this because I always wanted him to play Green Lantern. Unfortunately they went with Hal Jordan for the last movie, but since DC seems to be rebooting this thankfully, no need for Reynolds to return.
The guy is a great actor. I'm only against this because I always wanted him to play Green Lantern. Unfortunately they went with Hal Jordan for the last movie, but since DC seems to be rebooting this thankfully, no need for Reynolds to return.
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10:07PM on 01/22/2015

He was so good in Serenity as a villain.....

Great actor, but more than that he perfectly played a man so dedicated to his cause that he was willing to be something he hated with no reservations or apologies. That movie wouldn't have worked without him and the complexity he brought to the character.
Great actor, but more than that he perfectly played a man so dedicated to his cause that he was willing to be something he hated with no reservations or apologies. That movie wouldn't have worked without him and the complexity he brought to the character.
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10:01PM on 01/22/2015
Brother Voodoo?
Brother Voodoo?
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9:29PM on 01/22/2015
Yeah, he'd probably play Wong.
Yeah, he'd probably play Wong.
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9:03PM on 01/22/2015
He would be an amazing demon with those big expressive eyes, Dormandu or whatever his name is.
Whatever he's up for, It better be a recurring role!
He would be an amazing demon with those big expressive eyes, Dormandu or whatever his name is.
Whatever he's up for, It better be a recurring role!
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9:03PM on 01/22/2015
Doesn't matter who he's playing. He'll make a great addition with any role Marvel wants him for.
Doesn't matter who he's playing. He'll make a great addition with any role Marvel wants him for.
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8:55PM on 01/22/2015

Amazing news.

Originally hoping HE'D get Dr. Strange. Whatever he gets, hopefully it's a role that lasts more than one film. Dude is way talented.
Originally hoping HE'D get Dr. Strange. Whatever he gets, hopefully it's a role that lasts more than one film. Dude is way talented.
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9:14PM on 01/22/2015
You were hoping Ejiofor would be cast as Dr. Strange??
You were hoping Ejiofor would be cast as Dr. Strange??
11:10PM on 01/22/2015
Yes, why not?
Yes, why not?
8:39PM on 01/22/2015
Maybe Doctor Voodoo? Marvel has been pushing his character recently in the comics by making him a major player in the latest Avengers team.
Maybe Doctor Voodoo? Marvel has been pushing his character recently in the comics by making him a major player in the latest Avengers team.
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8:34PM on 01/22/2015
Originally I was rooting for Ejiofor to be Black Panther.

I was under the impression Daniel Bruhl could be Baron Mordo? Either was Ejiofor would be a great actor for Marvel to bag
Originally I was rooting for Ejiofor to be Black Panther.

I was under the impression Daniel Bruhl could be Baron Mordo? Either was Ejiofor would be a great actor for Marvel to bag
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11:25PM on 01/22/2015
yeah he was my #1 pick for Black Panther, although im not complaining too much about that casting.
yeah he was my #1 pick for Black Panther, although im not complaining too much about that casting.
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