When Chiwetel Ejiofor was 11 years old, he lost his father in a car crash while visiting Nigeria, an accident that left scars on his forehead. Ever since then, that exact moment Ejiofor lifts his eyebrows, we, intuitively, have been experiencing the melancholic air of a boy whose dreams are stolen by destiny. In the below list of Ejiofor’s upcoming movies, his die-hard fans will run into that lost boy with stolen dreams in his eyes more than once, for sure.
Until he stepped into the boots, with holes in the sole, of Solomon Northup in ’12 Years a Slave’, Ejiofor was keenly building up his career with supporting roles. But, Solomon Northup not only landed him on the front league of Hollywood but also earned him the best actor prize at the BAFTA and an Academy Award nomination for best actor. Most importantly, Hollywood circles and the media started pronouncing his name correctly, “Che-wi-tell Edge-ee-ah-for.” At this point, the question that might be circling your mind is what is the next Chiwetel Ejiofor movie? Well, you are in the right place. Here’s the list of upcoming films of Chiwetel Ejiofor scheduled to release in the near future. We can only hope that the new Chiwetel Ejiofor movies would be as good as some of his latest ones.
5. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (2019)
For those who did not get enough of seeing Chiwetel Ejiofor and Angelina Jolie in the 2010 movie, ‘Salt,’ there is good news in the air. Ejiofor will once again rub shoulders with a star-studded cast in the sequel to the 2014 blockbuster ‘Maleficent.’ The movie is directed by Joachim Ronning and features Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora and Angelina Jolie as the horned fairy, Maleficent. Reports suggest that Ejiofor will play a romantic antagonist to Angelina Jolie’s titular character, Maleficent.
The sequel is a part of Disney’s change of axis initiative of remaking their classic animated movies into live-action blockbusters. Contrary to the first part, ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ will explore the complex alliance between the Queen and horned fairy in their mission to protect the moors at any cost and save the inhabitants from imminent danger. Fans can hope to watch Ejiofor fighting side-by-side, sharing some sweet moments with Angelina Jolie. The film is slated to be released on October 18, 2019.
4. Infinite (2020)
‘Infinite’ is an upcoming science-fiction movie from Antoine Fuqua whose credits include the likes of ‘The Equalizer‘. The basic story of the film is based on D. Eric Maikranz’s novel titled ‘The Reincarnationist Papers’. It is centered on the Cognomina, which happens to be a secret society of people who are in complete control of the recollections of their past lives. As a result of these powers, if we might call them so, the society’s members are highly placed in various positions, playing an active role in shaping and guiding the course of history and civilization itself.
In a world where this society exists, we are introduced to a man who appears to be extremely troubled since he suffers from schizophrenia and hallucinations. However, it simply turns out to be the memories of his past two lives. The man stumbles on to the society which is centuries old. He decides to join their ranks and help them change the world for the better. Mark Wahlberg is set to play the role of this troubled man, the protagonist, in the upcoming movie. Chiwetel Ejiofor is appearing alongside him as part of the cast, but his role remains unknown for now. The movie is slated to be released on August 7, 2020, as reports indicate for now.
3. Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2021)
Viewers are still intrigued by the mysterious post-credit scene of the 2016 movie, ‘Doctor Strange‘, and the reports of a possible sequel are a detonator for them. Baron Mordo, Ejiofor’s iconic character in the movie stole the magical powers claiming that the world has too many sorcerers to accommodate, in that surprising post-credit scene. Ejiofor earned quite a number of admirers for adding more depth and character to Mordo in the first movie, a deviation from the comic book.
He managed to knit a character arc around Mordo and developed a complex relationship with Strange. Baron Mordo, who was a friend, a mentor and an enemy to the titular character of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange, is supposed to chase his dream of becoming the Sorcerer Supreme by slaughtering all sorcerers in the world in the sequel. Reports coming out of the Marvel vaults suggest a more empathetic portrayal of Mordo, while a reincarnated Doctor Strange is busy fighting his mortal enemies. ‘Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness‘ might not have Ejiofor’s Mordo as the chief antagonist, but there is a pretty good reason to believe that the character will be making an appearance. The movie is slated to be released on May 7, 2021.
2. Tonight At Noon (TBA)
‘Tonight At Noon’ is a drama that has been in development hell long enough. The movie comes from Michael Almereyda and tells the story of Lee and May, who happen to be a couple who are trying to work out the differences that have crept up on their relationship. Mae has an ongoing struggle with the memories of a former flame. Meanwhile, Lee, who happens to be a writer, tries to work through his problems in a unique way. In order to reign in his frustrations, he forms his problems as a story in his mind. This is where the movie grows narratively complex as events start to shift back and forth, from Lee’s imagination to reality. Chiwetel Ejiofor is slated to play the part of two characters in the movie which will chronicle how the two New Yorkers cope with various instances and events which go on to shape their lives.
1. The Old Guard (TBA)
‘The Old Guard’ is an upcoming American action movie that is being helmed by Gina Prince-Bythewood. It is based on the comic book of the same name that has been created by author Greg Rucka and illustrator Leandro Fernández. The story itself was published in 2017 and is centered around soldiers who never die. They happen to find themselves trapped in immortality with no explanation for their current situation. However, they make the best use of their powers and under the capable guidance of their captain, these soldiers act as mercenaries through the ages.
However, the small covert group of immortal mercenaries finds that their sweet gig might be in trouble when they discover that a new immortal exists in the world. The group has to fight tooth and nail to keep the team together even as their extraordinary abilities are exposed. Chiwetel Ejiofor is a part of the cast and he appears alongside talents like Charlize Theron, who is also producing the movie. Ejiofor’s role remains unknown for now but knowing the versatility of the actor, he will surely deliver a memorable performance, to say the least. The filming for the movie is to mainly take place in the UK. Greg Rucka and Prince-Bythewood are responsible for adapting the graphic novel for the screen. The movie is currently in post-production stages and does not have a release date yet.
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind (2019)
On March 1, 2019, Netflix released the movie ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,’ which is based on the 2009 bestseller of the same name. The movie, which is written and directed by Chiwetel Ejiofor, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in late January. It tells the story of a 14-year-old boy who fights to save his dreams from being stolen by a famine that strikes his homeland, Malawi, in 2000. The movie also marks the directorial debut of Ejiofor. Viewers can also find him in front of the camera playing a Malawian farmer in the movie. ‘The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind’ has garnered positive reviews for its flawless writing and evocative direction. In an interview, Ejiofor, with his Nigerian roots, admits there is an emotional thread connecting him to the protagonist in the movie, the 14-year-old William.
The Lion King (2019)
When Chiwetel Ejiofor joined Disney’s remake bandwagon of their animation classics, he went for the most anticipated one, ‘The Lion King.’ The Disney movie sees him voice the villainous uncle lion, Scar, brother of Mufasa who forms a nefarious alliance with the hyenas to dethrone the incumbent. Ejiofor’s deep resonating voice discharging from Scar’s realistic CGI body certainly pushes the spectators to the edges of their seats. Jeremy Irons voiced the character in the original animated movie of 1994.
Besides Ejiofor, the voice cast includes stars like Beyonce, Donald Glover, James Earl Jones, Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, Alfre Woodard, and John Oliver. The movie also created quite a buzz when the producers roped in Jon Favreau, who delivered the live-action ‘Jungle Book‘ remake in 2016 to helm the project. ‘The Lion King’ released on July 19, 2019.