Chiwetel Ejiofor wanted for role opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ movie

'12 Years A Slave' actor could be in the frame to play a villain in the superhero movie

Marvel is reportedly keen to cast 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor in its forthcoming Doctor Strange film.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the British actor is “in early talks” to take on an unspecified lead role in the superhero movie alongside Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange. Several sources are speculating that Ejiofor, Oscar-nominated for his role in 12 Years a Slave, could be in the frame to play a villain.

Marvel announced that Cumberbatch had been cast as Doctor Strange last month (December), also confirming that Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us From Evil) will direct the film from a script by John Spaihts (Prometheus). The film is set for release in cinemas on November 4, 2016.

Neurosurgeon-turned-superhero Doctor Strange made his Marvel Comics debut in 1963. The film will follow Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange as he delves into hidden worlds of magic and alternate dimensions after suffering a horrific car crash. Further plot details are being kept closely under wraps.

Meanwhile, Cumberbatch has received a ‘Best Actor in a Leading Role’ Oscar nomination for his performance as World War II codebreaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, which opened in cinemas in October. He will find out whether he has won at the awards ceremony in Los Angeles on February 21.