Alan Turing would be proud. Looks like his plan for world domination through artificial intelligence is about to hit the ground running. With the recent release of The Imitation Game in theaters documenting Turing’s life achievements (and then some), it should come to no surprise that scholars and scientists alike are getting together this weekend in Austin, TX, to convene in the nations biggest Artificial Intelligence conference of the year.
When you have Benedict Cumberbatch as your star, the rest of your cast better have some acting chops. Hollywood Reporter believes Marvel is doing just that courting Chiwetel Ejoifor of 12 Years A Slave for a role in the upcoming Doctor Strange film. What role is not yet know. HR makes a view guesses about him portraying Strange’s servant Wong or Strange’s mentor the Ancient One.
While those could be viewed as potential headscratchers, one character that would make a lot of sense is
Brother Doctor Voodoo. (After being Brother Voodoo for 36 years, he upgraded to Doctor when he temporarily replaced Strange as the Sorcerer Supreme. And then he died. But now he’s back! Because, comics.) Marvel has never been against changing up ethnicity when translating their characters to the big screen (see Micheal Clarke Duncan as Kingpin in Daredevil for example), but the potentially larger role of Voodoo seems to be a better fit for Ejoifor than that of Wong or the Ancient One, who will likely have more minor appearances in the film.
Oh Jimmy Kimmel, you sly dog! Watch as Benedict introduces himself by a myriad of different names, none which compare to his original glorious name. Except maybe Bane….or Groot. Yes, those are by far my favorites.
In a Wall Street Journal interview about recent projects, Cumberbatch had to respond to the question of whether his leading role as Doctor Strange is a career risk after playing the more serious role of Alan Turing in The Imitation Game. And what do you think he said?