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Chiwetel Ejiofor in early talks to join Doctor Strange

With Benedict Cumberbatch now locked in as the titular sorcerer in Marvel's Doctor Strange movie, the studio is looking to fill the rest of the film's cast, and it's looking like Chiwetel Ejiofor could be next to join.

According to THR (opens in new tab), Ejiofor is in early talks for an unspecified role, with conflicting reports suggesting that he could play the film's main villain.

Other possible roles include Doctor Strange's mentor (and powerful mystic) The Ancient One, and Wong, Strange's monk servant.

If Ejiofor signs on, it would be the first time he's appeared in a comic-book movie. He's no stranger to genre fare, though, having memorably appeared as the villain in Joss Whedon's Serenity.

Shooting on Doctor Strange will kick off once Captain America: Civil War has wrapped, with director Scott Derrickson calling the shots.

Doctor Strange opens on 4 November 2016.

Josh Winning has worn a lot of hats over the years. Contributing Editor at Total Film, writer for SFX, and senior film writer at the Radio Times. Josh has also penned a novel about mysteries and monsters, is the co-host of a movie podcast, and has a library of pretty phenomenal stories from visiting some of the biggest TV and film sets in the world. He would also like you to know that he "lives for cat videos..." Don't we all, Josh. Don't we all.