‘Doctor Strange’ Eyes Oscar Nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor for Mystery Role
Ever since Marvel formally announced the casting of Benedict Cumberbatch as Sorcerer Supreme in their upcoming Doctor Strange film, we haven’t heard much else about the project. Set to be directed by Scott Derrickson, the film is currently scheduled for a 2016 release date, so it’s about time that we started hearing a little more about who else will be joining Cumberbatch as the project heads closer to production—like Chiwetel Ejiofor, who is reportedly in talks for a role.
According to Variety, the 12 Years a Slave star and former Oscar nominee is in early talks to join Cumberbatch in Doctor Strange, although his role is currently undisclosed. Ejiofor next appears in the upcoming film Z for Zachariah, Craig Zobel’s follow-up to the harrowing, acclaimed indie Compliance. The actor is also scheduled to appear in the remake of The Secret in Their Eyes, as well as Ridley Scott’s The Martian with Matt Damon, so he’s certainly not short on upcoming projects.
Here’s what we know so far about Doctor Strange: the film is being directed by Derrickson (Sinister) from a script by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), and will also star Daniel Bruhl in an undisclosed villainous role. Bruhl’s character will also appear in Captain America: Civil War, scheduled for release just six months before Doctor Strange. Many have speculated that Bruhl’s role is that of either Baron Zemo or Baron Mordu, or that the character is a combination of the two villains, as Doctor Strange and Captain America share very few common enemies.
Doctor Strange hits theaters on November 4, 2016. For more upcoming releases, check out our Supermovies infographic timeline.