According to a report from Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios is looking at the bad ass known as Chiwetel Ejiofor for an as-of-yet unspecified role in their upcoming film, Doctor Strange. The report says that “Talks are said to be in the early stages, and Marvel had no comment.”
They go on to report that “Several sources” have said that Ejiofor is “…wanted for a villainous role,” though others have squashed that.
With Ejiofor, he could honestly go either way, having shown us his villain chops in Joss Whedon’s Serenity and his hero chops in Children of Men, Redbelt and most recently in the incredible 12 Years a Slave.
If he ends up cast as the villain, likely candidates would be Baron Mordo, a student of the Ancient One in line to take over the mantle of “Sorcerer Supreme” until Dr. Stephen Strange shows up and proves a more suitable candidate. Baron Mordo, as it turns out, was in league with the dreaded Dormammu the whole time, so it’s a good thing he didn’t get that gig anyway.
Other villainous candidates could be Nightmare (Strange’s first villain), Mephisto or maybe even a manifestation of the Lords of Shamballa, which director Scott Derrickson has already referenced via his twitter.
Beyond that, maybe they’ve gone after him to voice an Eldritch character such as Shuma Gorath, who was responsible for killing the ancient one and is an entity that could play into the more cosmic side of the MCU.
However, as it’s not clear what type of role he’s being courted for, he could still be up to play a hero. Obviously, he’d be a perfect choice for a character like Brother Voodoo, another mystic sorcerer along the lines of Doctor Strange who, in fact, later becomes the Sorcerer Supreme, calling himself Doctor Voodoo.
He could still also end up being the Ancient One, a seemingly immortal mentor who first teaches Dr. Strange or Wong, Doctor Strange’s monk/manservant. Wong is accomplished in martial arts as well as knowing a bit about magic himself, though no where near Strange’s status.
Doctor Strange has a release date of Nov. 4, 2016.