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Chiwetel Ejiofor Will Play Baron Mordo in Doctor Strange

The star of 12 Years a Slave takes on the foe of Doctor Strange

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Chiwetel Ejiofor's involvement with the late 2016 film Doctor Strange has been long rumored, but today it was announced that the 12 Years a Slave star and Oscar nominated actor will be playing Baron Mordo, Doctor Strange's enemy. Deadline revealed the news alongside the fact that the character isn't going to be completely villainous for the film. He'll be more of an amalgamation of characters from Strange's mythology.

Ejiofor joins Tilda Swinton, who is playing The Ancient One and Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Strange. Both Strange and Mordo were mentored by The Ancient One until Mordo tried to kill his teacher. Mordo's first appearance was in STRANGE TALES #111 back in 1963.

The film is being scripted by Jon Spaihts and directed by Scott Derrickson. Doctor Strange is set to release on November 4, 2016.