Oscar nominee Chiwitel Ejiofor joins Doctor Strange

Phase Three of Marvel’s Avengers Initiative is about to get underway. One of the films in the lineup is Doctor Strange, directed by Scott Derrickson, written by Jon Spaiths and starring Academy Award nominee Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. Doctor Strange is the Sorcerer Supreme of the Marvel Universe, a former surgeon who loses the use of his hands only to have them restored when he embarks on a quest to find The Ancient One and learn the mystic arts.

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Joining the cast of Doctor Strange is Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor. The star of the Oscar-winning feature 12 Years a Slave, is reported to sign on to play Strange’s rival/enemy Baron Mordo.

In the comics, Mordo and Doctor Strange are both pupils of the Tibetan sorcerer known as The Ancient One. Strange thwarts Mordo’s plot to kill his teacher, and in return is trained by The Ancient One in the art of magic in order to be a formidable opponent to the villainous Mordo.-Adam Chitwood, Collider

It seems that Derrickson and Spaiths are going in a different direction with Baron Mordo. The film isn’t going with a cut-and-dry bad guy for Mordo.

Although he’s an enemy in the comics, don’t look for him to be necessarily a completely villainous character. Rather, he’s an amalgamation of characters culled from Doctor Strange‘s mythology.-Mike Fleming Jr., Deadline

Fascinating. Furthermore, great addition to Doctor Strange’s acting roster. I first saw Ejiofor in the underrated sci-fi adventure Serenity, thought he was simply outstanding in 12 Years a Slave and I can’t wait to see him opposite Benedict Cumberbatch. There is also rumors that Academy Award winner Tilda Swinton may join Doctor Strange as The Ancient One and if these rumors prove fruitful, Doctor Strange will be more of a must-see than it is right now. Doctor Strange is slated to arrive in theaters on November 4, 2016.

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