Chiwetel Ejiofor will return for Doctor Strange sequel

Chiwetel Ejiofor will return for Doctor Strange sequel

Chiwetel Ejiofor has confirmed that he will return for 'Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness'.

The 42-year-old actor has revealed that he is set to reprise the role as villain Baron Karl Mordo in the follow-up to the 2016 Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) film.

Ejiofor added that that the movie is hoping to begin production in the near future.

The '12 Years a Slave' star told Screen Rant: "We're hoping to start pretty soon is what I can tell you. So, you know, as soon as possible. We're all really excited to get going and cracking with it. I can't wait."

The blockbuster - which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular character - will be directed by Sam Raimi after Scott Derrickson departed the project.

The 'Evil Dead' creator revealed that 'Doctor Strange' was one of his favourite superheroes as a child.

Sam, 60, said: "I loved Doctor Strange as a kid.

"He was always after Spider-Man and Batman for me. He was probably number five for me for great comic book characters. He was so original."

Raimi previously helmed the 'Spider-Man' trilogy and explained how he had referred to 'Doctor Strange' in 2004's 'Spider-Man 2'.

He explained: "When we had that moment in the 'Spider-Man' movie, I had no idea we'd be making a 'Doctor Strange' movie.

"So it was really funny to me also, coincidentally that line was in the first 'Spider-Man' movie ... I wish I had the foresight to know I was going to be involved in the project."

Scott, who directed the original, is serving as an executive producer and gave Sam his seal of approval.

He tweeted: "I've worked with Sam Raimi.

"One of the nicest people I've known in the film business, and as a director, a true living legend.

"What a great choice to take over Doctor Strange."