There are a number of sits reporting that 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor, the star of 12 Years a Slave, is circling a role in Marvel’s Dr Strange. Should he take the role, it would mean he and Benedict Cumberbatch working together again after the award winning 12 Years A Slave, which was released early lat year.
The Wrap first reported the rumour, but have said that Ejiofor will NOT be playing a villain, said to be Baron Mordo. Apparently Daniel Bruhl has been rumoured for the villain.
Ejiofor is believed to be circling the role of The Ancient One, who mentor to both Stephen Strange and Baron Mordo, and precedes Strange as Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme. Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy, and Ken Watanabe have all previously been rumoured for this role, so if Ejiofor took the role, he would be considerably younger than those previously mentioned.
Another rumor states that the role Ejiofor is looking to play could be Wong, who is Dr Strange’s Monk sidekick. However, Wong is Chinese, so it seems unlikely unless Marvel are looking to change things up a bit?
Either way, Ejiofor is said to have been turning down roles in preparation for a role in Dr Strange. He is currently filming Ridley Scott’s latest sci-fi, The Martian.
The film is being penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, with Jon Spaihts writing the latest script, and will be directed by Scott Derrickson.
The comicbook revolved around a former neurosurgeon who serves as the “Sorcerer Supreme” — the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Strange made his first appearance in the 1963 comicbook series “Strange Tales” and would go on to have his own comicbook series and would appear in several other comicbooks that included “The Fantastic Four,” “Spider-Man” and “Nick Fury.”
Dr Strange is a former neurosurgeon who, after a car accident, loses the ability to use his hands. After exhausting every option to restore his health, Strange locates “the Ancient One” in the Himalayas who reluctantly teaches him the mystic arts. In comics, Doctor Stephen Strange is the “sorcerer supreme” of the Marvel Universe. As such, he is the gateway to an aspect of Marvel comics stories that hasn’t really been explored on film in the current set of Marvel movies.
Dr Strange will be released in cinemas on 4th November 2016.
Here’s the official press release announcing Cumberbatch’s casting:
The actor will star in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” scheduled to hit theaters November 4, 2016. The film, directed by Scott Derrickson with Jon Spaihts writing the screenplay, will follow the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.
“Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity,” said Producer Kevin Feige. “In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.”
Cumberbatch rose to international prominence with his critically acclaimed turn as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s most famous creation in “Sherlock,” currently preparing its fourth season. The series’ most recent season earned Cumberbatch the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie in 2014, after winning the BAFTA/LA Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year in 2013.
Cumberbatch most recently starred in “The Imitation Game,” playing famed mathematician and logician Alan Turing, and will soon be seen in “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” as Smaug and the Necromancer. For the role of Smaug, Cumberbatch stepped into the world of motion capture to bring the dragon to life. He will next be seen in Scott Cooper’s film “Black Mass,” the story of Whitey Bulger coming to theaters next September, where he stars opposite Johnny Depp and Joel Edgerton.
The star’s other credits include the Academy Award-winning “12 Years a Slave,” “War Horse,” “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” “August: Osage County,” “Star Trek Into Darkness,” “The Fifth Estate,” and “Parade’s End.” Benedict will be returning to the stage this summer in Hamlet at the Barbican with Lyndsey Turner directing. His last stage performance in Danny Boyle’s Frankenstein opposite Jonny Lee Miller awarded him the Olivier.
With “Doctor Strange,” Cumberbatch is just the latest actor to join the bold Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, introducing new heroes and continuing the adventures of fan favorites across multiple films.