Thursday, January 22, 2015

Chiwetel Ejiofor Nearing Deal to Co-Star in Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’!

Things have been a bit quiet on the DOCTOR STRANGE front since Cumberbatch was confirmed as playing the title character. This makes sense given that CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR films first (that starts filming in April). If anything, we'll probably get more casting for that one before we hear much on the DOCTOR STRANGE movie since that won't film for months yet. So, while we should expect things to be rather quiet for the next couple of movies, it looks like we do have one more actor to (probably) add to the cast.

The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news that Chiwetel Ejiofor is in early talks with Marvel for a "leading role" in DOCTOR STRANGE.

The Wrap then followed up with a more detailed report:
Chiwetel Ejiofor is nearing a deal for a key role alongside his “12 Years a Slave” co-star Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.
While it’s unclear which role Ejiofor is circling, an individual with knowledge of the project insisted it’s not the villain, who is believed to be Baron Mordo, and is more likely the Ancient One.
Scott Derrickson is directing from a script by Jon Spaihts, and Marvel’s Kevin Feige is producing the movie, which starts production this fall. Ejiofor is already turning down projects that shoot in the fall in order to block off his schedule.
Marvel will release “Doctor Strange” on Nov. 4, 2016.
No one seems entirely clear on what character he is being sought for, but The Wrap seems to have the most detailed report out of all the news outlets right now.

Ejiofor would be a wonderful addition, and I really hope that the deal works out.

Here are a few more tweets from Jeff at The Wrap:

Source: The Wrap & Jeff's Twitter.

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