We knew Chiwetel Ejiofor was joining Marvel's Doctor Strange, but until now, we didn't know whom he was playing. Today, Deadline has it on good authority that the acclaimed actor will play long-time enemy to the title character, Baron Mordo. He will star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch, who is signed on as the mystical superhero, and Tilda Swinton, who is taking on the role of the Ancient One.
Baron Mordo was first introduced in the Marvel comic books in 1963, appearing for the first time in Strange Tales. A Transylvanian nobleman, Karl Amadeus Mordo was a student of the Tibetan sorcerer known as the Ancient One, but later plotted to kill his teacher. A plan thwarted by Doctor Strange. The Ancient One, in turned, trained Strange to become a formidable enemy for Mordo, and the villain became one of the Sorcerer Supreme's greatest foes. Mordo has powers similar to Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange, with vast magical abilities derived from his years of studying black magic and the mystic arts.Read More
Marvel has entered into negotiations with 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor for an unspecified supporting role in their Phase Two sequel Doctor Strange. Variety's sources reveal that talks are in very early stages, but the studio is "very high" on the actor for a role. Benedict Cumberbatch was confirmed as the title character back in October.
We also reported last month that Marvel was eyeing Morgan Freeman to play the Ancient One. In the comics, the Ancient One was the previous Sorcerer Supreme, who served as a mentor to Stephen Strange. However, it isn't known if that story will be told in this Marvel Phase Three adventure, following an August report that revealed Doctor Strange will not be an origin story, starting with the character already established as a superhero.Read More
Director Ridley Scott keeps adding to the cast of his sci-fi thriller The Martian, with Sebastian Stan, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Mackenzie Davis joining the cast today.
The story centers on an American astronaut named Mark Watney (Matt Damon), who is stranded on Mars after the rest of his crew members believes he is dead. He must struggle to survive until NASA can launch a rescue mission to bring him back home. No details were given for Sebastian Stan, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Mackenzie Davis' characters, but they join a cast that also includes Jessica Chastain, Michael Peña, Jeff Daniels, Sean Bean and Donald Glover.Read More
Oscar-nominated actor Chiwetel Ejiofor has become attached to star in the prison drama Marching Powder, which was just acquired by New Regency.
The project was initially set up back in July 2008, when José Padilha (RoboCop) was in talks to direct, and Don Cheadle was set to star. It isn't known if José Padilha is still attached to take the helm.Read More
12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor is reportedly the top choice to play the villain in Sony and MGM's Bond 24, according to a new report from Variety.
The studios haven't offered the role to Chiwetel Ejiofor yet, and scheduling issues will still need to be worked out if he signs on, but insiders claim that the Oscar-nominated actor is the front runner.Read More
Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael B. Jordan are in talks to join Christoph Waltz and Cate Blanchett in Triple Nine.
The story follows a group of criminals who plan on murdering an L.A.P.D. cop (Casey Affleck), to divert attention away from the massive heist they are planning on the other side of town. Chiwetel Ejiofor will play a career criminal who is masterminding the whole operation, while Michael B. Jordan portrays a dirty cop who sets up Casey Affleck's character. Casey Affleck replaces Charlie Hunnam, who was in talks to join the cast this summer, while Cate Blanchett's involvement hinges on scheduling. The title refers to the police code for an officer who needs immediate assistance.Read More
According to The UK Times, the actor has recently been seen hanging out in J.J. Abrams' office, but its not a personal call. As production heats up on the sci-fi sequel, and Disney brings the hammer down demanding the film be released in 2015, the director is being forced to show his hand in terms of casting.
The official casting announcement is expected to hit sometime tomorrow. This, of course, like all LucasFilm news, has not been confirmed by the Studio or Disney.Read More
Watch the featurette 'Chiwetel Ejiofor becomes Solomon Northrup', which takes us through the actor's intense preparations for his role in 12 Years a Slave.
12 Years a Slave is based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist forever alters his life.Read More