The Oscar nominee Marvel wants for a key role in Doctor Strange

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Jan 23, 2015, 1:17 PM EST (Updated)

Doctor Strange is officially on the way. After months of waiting for casting news, we found out in December that Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch will play the title role, and the film's been given a November 2016 release date. We still don't know exactly where the film's focus will lie, or what other Marvel characters will join Stephen Strange in his first outing as the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Sorcerer Supreme, but a new report claims an Oscar-nominated star with a history of great big-screen villainy could be joining the film.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios is looking to cast 12 Years A Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor in an "unspecified" but key role in the film. There are apparently conflicting insider reports about what exactly the role is. Some have told THR that Ejiofor would be a villain, and could quite possibly be longtime Strange foe Baron Mordo, but others aren't buying that. Ejiofor certainly has a strong history with villainous roles in genre films like Serenity and Children of Men, so it would make sense to consider him for Doctor Strange's first big-screen foe, but what about other possibilities?

Could Ejiofor play Strange's mysterious mentor, the Ancient One? Sure, he doesn't look ancient, but would he really have to in this magical world? Or what if he's Strange's ally and fellow magical superhero Brother Voodoo? Or what about something bigger and stranger, like the cosmic force known as Eternity? For all we know right now, Ejiofor could be up for a role specifically created for the film.

Whatever the role, Ejiofor's a gifted actor with proven range on the big screen, and he's already worked with Cumberbatch on 12 Years a Slave, so their chemistry would very likely make a difference in the film. What do you think? Who should Ejiofor play for Marvel?

Doctor Strange hits theaters Nov. 4, 2016.

(Via THR)