Marvel Courting Chiwetel Ejiofor for ‘Doctor Strange’

By January 23, 2015

One of the things that has always helped elevate Marel Studios’ films is their constant effort to secure top-tier talent in every aspect of each production. Whether it was making the unbelievably excellent choice of Robert Downey, Jr. for the role of Tony Stark, to securing the likes of Hugo Weaving or Anthony Hopkins for supporting roles, Marvel films have largely been a place to watch good actors shine at what they do. Now, they’re looking to add one more solid actor to their lineup for next year’s Doctor Strange.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios is actively courting actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a SlaveSerenity) to play an unspecified supporting role. Ejiofor rose to prominence for his role in the Oscar-nominated 12 Years a Slave, but his body of work goes back to even Steven Spielberg’s Amistad, as well as director Alfonso Cuarón’s oddly hopeful dystopia Children of Men. Geek audiences recognize him easily as the ruthless and relentless “Operative” from Joss Whedon’s film adaptation of “Firefly,” where he served as one of the more unique villains in Whedon’s long history of establishing memorable characters.

Doctor Strange will serve as part of Marvel Studios’ “Phase Three,” and will be released on November 4th, 2016. The film has already cast Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role of Stephen Strange, the doctor-turned-Sorcerer Supreme. For more on Doctor Strange as it develops, keep it locked on GeekNation.

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.