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With Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man and Captain America: Civil War hitting cinemas before it (not to mention X-Men: Apocalypse, Fantastic Four, Gambit and Deadpool), we’re still a way off from seeing what Marvel have up their sleeves with Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange.
At the Oscars over the weekend, Best Actor in a Leading Role nominee Benedict Cumberbatch, who will be playing the Sorcerer Supreme, was asked about whether or not Doctor Strange would be American or British.
His response, well…
Oh that Cumberbatch. He’s a sneaky one, eh?!
If you haven’t got the means to watch the video, he sneakily shifts his eyes to the camera and interviewer as if to say he’s not allowed to say anything.
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- Luke Owen
Earlier today, fellow film nerd Marc Heuck tweeted the following: Incompresa, the moving new @AsiaArgento film, still has no U.S. distributor. Wtf? Dozens of boutique labels here yet nobody's stepping up? — Marc Edward Heuck (@the_hoyk) February 17, 2015 I reached out to "Doctor Strange" director Scott Derrickson, who is a producer on the film and who talked to me about it before the Cannes Film Festival, where it absolutely flattened me. I asked him if it's true that the film is still without a distributor, and he told me they haven't been able to figure out anything. Not theatrical. Not VOD. Not even a basic DVD release. This is wrong. This is a mistake. Are you seriously going to tell me that there's not a single distributor out there who sees the merit in the film? Am I supposed to believe that there's no marketing hook you can craft around »
- Drew McWeeny
Since the announcement of Oscar nominated Benedict Cumberbatch taking on the role of Stephen Strange in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, we’ve not heard much else about the Scott Derrickson directed Phase Three movie.
There was a rumour last month that Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) was set to play a role in the movie, noted by The Hollywood Reporter to the point where Jeff Snider tweeted, “Chiwetel Ejiofor is Definitely going to be in Doctor Strange, regardless of comment from Marvel & his reps. 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.”
In an interview with Collider to promote his new film Z is for Zachariah, Ejiofor was purposefully keeping quiet about the rumours by simply saying, “You’ll be the first to know.”
Sneaky. Very sneaky.
What do you »
- Luke Owen
Doctor Strange: Academy Award-nominated Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) is in talks to join Marvel's Doctor Strange. It's not yet confirmed what role he would play. Benedict Cumberbatch is already set to star as the titular character. Scott Derrickson will direct the movie, which is scheduled for release on November 4, 2016. [THR/The Wrap] Aquaman: Warner Bros. has locked up Jason Momoa to appear as the watery superhero Aquaman in four upcoming movies, with his own solo project due for release on July 27, 2018. Now rumor has it that Karl Urban (Red, above) is being eyed for a key role -- "possibly the villain" -- in the solo movie and Noam Murro (300: Rise of an Empire) has been added to the list of directors under consideration, a list that also...
- Peter Martin
I'm sure most people forget, but Chiwetel Ejiofor had a pretty great showing in a fanboy feature once before, that being his villainous turn in Joss Whedon's Serenity. Now it would appear he's looking to return to blockbuster fair once again, or at least he's being "courted" to do so as Marvel is eying the recent Oscar nominee for a role in Doctor Strange. THR reports sources saying Ejiofor is being sought for the role of the film's villain, which would place him opposite Benedict Cumberbatch who's already signed on to play the title character, the surgeon turned sorcerer supreme. Scott Derrickson (Sinister) is directing for a November 4, 2016 release. In other comic book news, this being of the DC Comics variety, Latino Review is reporting Noam Murro (300: Rise of an Empire) is in the mix to direct Aquaman, which will feature Jason Momoa as the title hero with »
- Brad Brevet
According to The Hollywood Reporter, 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor is being courted by Marvel to take on an unspecified role in Doctor Strange. Ejiofor could join Benedict Cumberbatch, who is starring as the surgeon turned sorcerer supreme Stephen Strange, aka Doctor Strange.
Marvel had no comment as talks are said to be in the early stages.
The site also says that he could be taking on the villain role of the film but some of their sources have said that's not the case. The villain is likely to be classic bad guy Baron Karl Mordo, a sorcerer’s pupil whose next-in-line status is usurped by Doctor Strange, thus making him the physician’s fierce rival.
The film is based on the Marvel Comics character created by Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko. Stephen Strange beset by demons controlled by apprentice sorcerer Karl Mordo, but was rescued by Mordo's mentor, »
- Kellvin Chavez
There has been some back-and-forth as to which role the Oscar-nominated actor is in talks for, though it appears to be that the studio want him on board as the film’s main villain. Starring opposite Benedict Cumberbatch, who is set to play The Sorcerer Supreme himself, all signs point to Ejiofor assuming the role of Baron Mordo, a pupil who finds his status undercut by Stephen Strange.
That said, there’s every possibility that the 37-year-old could be in line to play either monk servant Wong or the coveted role of the Ancient One — a character that has been linked to the likes of Ken Watanabe, Morgan Freeman and Bill Nighy.
It’s worth keeping in mind that the potential »
- Michael Briers
The Hollywood Reporter reveals that Chiwetel Ejiofor is being courted for an unspecified leading role in Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange. Things are at an early stage right now, but the site points out that "Several sources have intoned that Ejiofor is wanted for a villainous role but some insiders have pooh-poohed that." Obviously, that doesn't really clear things up all that much! If he is playing the movie's main bad guy, that would likely be Baron Mordo, but Rush star Daniel Bruhl (who will first appear in Captain America: Civil War) has also been rumoured for that part. The Wrap however claim that he might be playing The Ancient One which would be interesting! Regardless, production is expected to begin once Captain America: Civil War finishes shooting and casting for Doctor Strange is still in the early stages. Ejiofor delivered an Academy Award nominated performance in 12 Years a Slave, »
It is unknown which role the 12 Years a Slave actor is being considered for, with some sources saying it is the villain and others denying it.
Cumberbatch will play Stephen Strange, a proud surgeon whose career is brought to an end when he suffers irreversible damage to his hands in a car crash.
When science fails him, he turns to mysticism for a cure, but instead finds himself inducted into magic as the sorcerous protector of Earth.
He is expected to be pitted against his evil fellow disciple Baron Mordo in his first cinematic adventure.
We already know that Benedict Cumberbatch will star in Marvel's upcoming "Doctor Strange" movie. And now comes word that he may be joined by "12 Years a Slave" stars Chiwetel Ejiofor. It's not clear which role Ejiofor is in talks for, but many believe it's for a villainous role, likely because the actor was close to signing on to play the villain in the upcoming James Bond movie "Spectre." The deal never worked out. "Doctor Strange" will be directed by Scott Derrickson and is set to hit theaters on November 4th, 2016. »
The first of Marvel Studios' 2016 release, Captain America: Civil War, is to start filming in the next couple of months. And not long behind it will be the second, director Scott Derrickson's take on Doctor Strange.
We've had it confirmed for a while now that Benedict Cumberbatch will be taking on the lead role in Doctor Strange. And further casting work is underway, as it's been revealed that 12 Years A Slave's Chiwetel Ejiofor is being targeted for a lead role in the movie.
The role is described by The Hollywood Reporter as "unspecified", which doesn't help, but talks between Marvel and Ejiofor are understood to have commenced.
Doctor Strange is currently set for release on November 4th 2016, and once we find out more, we'll pass the news your way. »
Doctor Strange: Academy Award-nominated Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) is in talks to join Marvel's Doctor Strange. It's not yet confirmed what role he would play. Benedict Cumberbatch is already set to star as the titular character; Scott Derrickson will direct the movie, which is scheduled for release on November 4, 2016. [THR/The Wrap] Aquaman: Rumor has it that Warner Bros. has locked up Jason Momoa to appear as the watery superhero Aquaman in four upcoming...
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Marvel already has its Doctor Strange, in the shape of one Benedict Cumberbatch. Now the task for director Scott Derrickson and his team is to build a cast around their leading man. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Kevin Feige and co. are reportedly interested in Chiwetel Ejiofor for a role.It’s apparently very early days on the idea, so don’t go adding him to the cast list just yet. And even if the 12 Years A Slave star does sign a contract, Marvel is keeping typically quiet on which role he might play. So far, speculation has pointed towards him taking on the Ancient One, a semi-immortal mystic who mentors the hero. There’s also the chance he could be a villain – anyone who loved him in Serenity knows he plays a classy bad guy.With shooting still a ways off, don’t expect to hear anything immediately. So far, »
Does Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor want to play in Marvel's sandbox? We'll soon find out as the superhero studio is eyeballing the actor for one of their big upcoming films. THR reports that the "12 Years A Slave" thesp is being courted to join Benedict Cumberbatch in "Doctor Strange." The part? It's unknown at this point. There is some debate among insiders as to whether or not Ejiofor will play the villain of the film, but there's no shortage of characters for him to take on, so feel free to speculate. And either way, the man himself may answer when he swoops into Sundance to promote Craig Zobel's "Z For Zachariah." Anyway, decisions will likely be coming soon as this project needs to head in front of cameras at some point this year. The Scott Derrickson directed "Doctor Strange" lands on November 4, 2016. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Marvel Studios could be setting up a 12 Years a Slave reunion. Chiwetel Ejiofor is reportedly circling Doctor Strange, which will star Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character. Scott Derrickson is directing. More on the possible Chiwetel Ejiofor Doctor Strange casting after the jump. TheWrap reports Ejiofor is nearing a deal for the comic book […]
- Angie Han
Since being officially announced as the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Doctor Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch has been all alone on the cast list for the upcoming Scott Derrickson-directed solo film, but now it sounds like he may soon have a co-star. What's more, it's someone that the Sherlock star has already had the pleasure of working with. Variety has gotten word that Marvel is now looking at Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor to play a part in the the upcoming Doctor Strange movie. Apparently the negotiations are still very much in the early stages, and unfortunately it has not yet been revealed what role he might play in the movie. As alluded to earlier, should Chiwetel Ejiofor join the Marvel movie it would mean a reunion with Benedict Cumberbatch, as the two previously had the chance to work together when they were both featured in Steve McQueen's Best Picture-winning 12 Years A Slave. »
Sources tell Variety that talks are very early, but the studio is high on the “12 Years a Slave” actor for a role in the film.
Cumberbatch will play the title role, with Scott Derrickson directing.
Role for Ejiofor and plot details of the film are unknown at this time.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the news.
- Justin Kroll
Chiwetel Ejiofor is nearing a deal for a key role alongside his “12 Years a Slave” co-star Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.
While it’s unclear which role Ejiofor is circling, an individual with knowledge of the project insisted it’s not the villain, who is believed to be Baron Mordo, and is more likely the Ancient One.
- Jeff Sneider
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.
Talks are said to be in the early stages and Marvel has no comment. If he signs, the actor would join Benedict Cumberbatch who is playing surgeon-turned-sorcerer supreme Stephen Strange, aka Doctor Strange.
Whilst initial thoughts are Ejiofor is wanted for a villainous role, such as Baron Mordo, inside sources say that's not the case and he may serve in more of a mentor role such as the semi-immortal mystic the Ancient One.
Source: Heat Vision »
- Garth Franklin
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