Chiwetel Ejiofor's role revealed in Doctor Strange

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Jun 11, 2015, 4:12 PM EDT (Updated)

Not only has Chiwetel Ejiofor been confirmed for Marvel's Doctor Strange, but we know now which role he is playing.

Following speculation in January that Marvel Studios was chasing the Oscar-nominated actor for a key role in the Sorcerer Supreme's big-screen debut, Deadline reports that not only is Ejiofor signed for the movie, but he'll be playing Stephen Strange's archnemesis, Baron Mordo.

Or at least a version of him: Deadline also states that the film's Baron Mordo will be an "amalgamation" of characters from the Doctor Strange canon and may not be completely villainous in the movie. The comic-book Mordo first debuted in the August 1963 issue of Strange Tales, a disciple of the Ancient One whose plan to kill his teacher is foiled by new student Stephen Strange, earning the latter Mordo's undying wrath.

We already know that the Ancient One will be portrayed by Tilda Swinton, so it's likely we'll see some version of that storyline play out in the movie. And it's not like Marvel hasn't combined characters before: The villain played by Mickey Rourke in Iron Man 2 drew from both Whiplash and the Crimson Dynamo, for example.

However the story plays out, Doctor Strange now has a trio of top-shelf actors lined up in Ejifor, Swinton and of course Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role. Doctor Strange comes out Nov. 4, 2016, directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister) from a script by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). What do you think of Ejiofor taking on the role of Baron Mordo?

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