Chiwetel Ejiofor Eyed for a Major Role in Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'
Now that Marvel Studios has Benedict Cumberbatch confirmed to play Doctor Strange in the Phase Three film of their cinematic universe, it's time to fill out the rest of the cast. THR has word that Marvel has their eye on Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) for a leading role in the film, but there's no specifics on what character he might play. Reportedly some sources are saying that Ejiofor is wanted for a villain role while others say the opposite. All we know about Doctor Strange right now is that Cumberbatch is playing the title character, a surgeon named Stephen Strange who becomes the titular sorcerer supreme.
As of now, we're not even entirely sure who the main villain would be, though the likely choice is Baron Mordo, a pupil who gets upset when Strange becomes the sorcerer supreme instead of him. Frankly, I'd love to see Ejiofor as a villain in the Marvel universe, but only if it's the kind of villain who can come back and isn't just dispatched with after a single film. The trade also hypothesizes that Ejiofor could play Wong, the monk servant to Strange who is adept in martial arts (though that would require a race change from the comics), but that doesn't seem to be up to Ejiofor's level of talent.
The trade also guesses that Ejiofor could be up for the role of the Ancient One, a semi-immortal mystic who mentors Strange and is the sorcerer supreme of this dimension. We last heard that Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy and Ken Watanabe were in contention for that role, so Ejiofor seems a little too young to take that part. Anyway, there's no guarantee that Ejiofor will end up with whatever role he's wanted for anyway, but since the film has a release date set for November 4th, 2016, the cast should be rounded up shortly so director Scott Derrickson can begin shooting sooner than later.