Chiwetel Ejiofor in Early Talks for Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE
The last we heard on Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange movie was rumor that Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy and Ken Watanabe were all contacted for the role of The Ancient One. No word on whether any of them is formerly attached in a new report from THR that claims that Marvel is currently in early talks with Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor for an unknown leading role.
So what happens next? I’m afraid we may get into situation that has happened when Joaquin Phoenix was in “early talks” to play the role of Dr. Strange. We won’t forget these few months of “early talks” and “middle talks” and “final talks,” but the film’s November 4, 2016 release date isn’t all that far off now.
Moreover, we’ve heard Ejiofor’s name linked to Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Spectre as well, though those talks fell through. So we’ll see where this one ends up and will he be Baron Mordo or The Ancient One.
“Several sources have intoned that Ejiofor is wanted for a villainous role but some insiders have pooh-poohed that. The villain is likely to be classic bad guy Baron Mordo,” the trade claims. “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.”
In conversations later that day, was told he's NOT being eyed for the villain, but it's possible there's a REVEAL that Marvel wants to hide.
— Jeff Sneider (@TheInSneider) January 23, 2015
Rush star Daniel Bruhl has also been rumored for Baron Mordo (or Baron Zemo?) part. Regardless, Scott Derrickson is directing the movie, which sees Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role of the Sorcerer Supreme. Doctor Strange isn’t going into production until after Captain America: Civil War, according to sources.
Stay tuned for more “early talks”.