Here is Chiwetel Ejiofor on the set of Doctor Strange, continuing to film in Nepal. Benedict Cumberbatch is a polarizing figure on the handsome/not handsome list, but can we all agree that Ejiofor is a Very Handsome Man? Because he is. He looks especially good in these shots because he isn’t sporting a sadness beard like Cumberbatch. This actually reminds me of the first thing I ever saw Ejiofor in, Joss Whedon’s Serenity, so this type of action/fantasy stuff isn’t actually that far out of his wheelhouse. And he looks good in the costume, which is vaguely reminiscent of Loki, so that ought to clue you in about his character.
Ejiofor has had a pretty killer year. He gave a stand-out performance in Z for Zachariah, banked box office success with The Martian, done a well-received theater stint, starring in Everyman on the West End, he’s got The Secret in Their Eyes later this month, and he’s closing out the year with Marvel—not a bad run. The only black mark is that once upon a time he up for a part in New New Star Wars and it didn’t pan out. But, I mean—c’mon. Look at this guy. If ever there was an actor born to play a Jedi, it’s this guy. Maybe for Episode VIII? Can I wish this into existence?