Chiwetel Ejiofor to star as Baron Mordo in Doctor Strange

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 12 June 2015
Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetel Ejiofor

British actor Chiwetel Ejiofor will star as Baron Mordo in Marvel's 'Doctor Strange', according to a report

Chiwetel Ejiofor will reportedly star as Baron Mordo in Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'.

The 37-year-old actor will appear opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in the Scott Derrickson-directed movie, which is due out in November 2016.

Although the character is typically portrayed as a villain in Marvel comic books, Deadline has suggested the Disney-owned company will downplay Mordo's evil ways when he reaches the big screen.

Meanwhile, Chiwetel's new on-screen co-star Benedict insisted earlier this year that he doesn't think it's a risk to take on the lead role in a Marvel movie.

The 38-year-old actor is confident the film will be a success, observing that Marvel has an unrivaled ability to bring lesser-known characters to life.

He shared: "I don't think it's a risk because of Marvel.

"Marvel is a stable of bringing out ordinary comic characters and turning them into screen-like gods."

Benedict fought off competition from Ethan Hawke and others to claim the coveted role.

Ethan said he'd come "as close as anybody could" to playing Doctor Strange.

He also reflected: "We're living in the age of Marvel. Marvel has a tremendous amount of power over what everybody's going to see. They're making movies at a high rate and they're making them successfully."

Doctor Strange

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 1h 55min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Scott Derrickson
  • Written by: Steve Ditko, Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, Jon Spaihts
  • Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams
  • UK release: 28 October 2016

When brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch) gets his hands mangled in a car crash, he visits Kathmandu to be reborn under the mystic tutelage of the Ancient One (Swinton). A blast: fresh performances from Cumberbatch and Swinton power a dynamic script with well-measured puns and even a little…

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