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February 23 2016

Chiwetel Ejiofor talks about playing The Operative in Serenity. He made the comments in a recent interview about his new movie "Triple 9".

November 03 2015

The name's Bond, Sarah Michelle Bond. Time has the Slayer in 12th place in its list of possible replacements for Daniel Craig (if he chooses to leave 007). A little bit further down the list, Chiwetel Ejiofor would be an excellent choice. More...

September 11 2015

Drew Goddard scripted 'The Martian' launches to acclaim at TIFF. Goddard adapted Andy Weir's bestselling novel for the screen, preserving and translating it's sass and science-speak. Ridley Scott directs. More...

June 11 2015

Chiwetel Ejiofor's Doctor Strange role confirmed. He will play Baron Mordo in the upcoming Marvel film.

January 23 2015

National Theatre Live to broadcast Chiwetel Ejiofor in 'Everyman' in cinemas this July. Cool.

October 23 2014

Chiwetel Ejiofor joins Ridley Scott's 'The Martian'. Casting news for our Alliance assassin.

May 28 2014

Chiwetel Ejiofor and Mark Ruffalo nominated for the Critics' Choice TV Awards 2014. They're competing in the same category of "Best actor in a movie or mini-series", the ceremony will be taped and aired on the CW on June 19th at 8pm.

April 04 2014

Chiwetel Ejiofor eyed to play villain in next James Bond movie. According to The Wrap, "multiple individuals familiar with the project" have told them that Ejiofor - our very own Operative - is a candidate for the villainous role in Bond 24.

March 07 2014

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amy Adams, and Chris Hemsworth nominated for MTV Movie Awards. The awards air on April 13th.

February 16 2014

Chiwetel Ejiofor awarded with Best Leading Actor at The 67th BAFTA Film Awards. He was recognized for his role in "12 Years of Slave". BBC1 (for the UK) and BBC America (for the US) will be showing the ceremony later on tonight. More...

February 06 2014

Chiwetel Ejiofor cast in 'Triple Nine'. The film will be directed by John Hillcoat.

January 16 2014

Amy Adams and Chiwetel Ejiofor get nominated for Oscars. Amy got a Best Actress nomination for 'American Hustle' and Chiwetel a Best Actor nomination for '12 Years a Slave'.

December 17 2013

Once Hollywood's best kept secret, Chiwetel Ejiofor is now a name to remember. Variety has a feature on Ejiofor, who's on the cover of their new issue.

December 13 2013

Chiwetel Ejiofor writes and directs a new short film. The short film is called "Columbite Tantalite". More...

December 11 2013

Chiwetel Ejiofor is nominated for two SAG awards. Both for his performance in "12 Years a Slave", one as an individual, and one as part of the ensemble.

November 20 2013

In-depth interview with Chiwetel Ejiofor. David Poland chats with Ejiofor about his career and '12 Years A Slave'. Very interesting interview.

November 03 2013

Chiwetel Ejiofor reportedly linked with Star Wars VII. Bleeding Cool's Brendon Connelly does his best to sort truth from internet speculation.

October 25 2013

Chiwetel Ejiofor was a guest on latest 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart'. He's promoting his latest movie "12 Years a Slave" on the show originally broadcast on October 24th. Video may not be available in all territories.

October 24 2013

Scarlett Johansson and Chiwetel Ejiofor nominated for The 2013 Gotham Independent Film Award. The winners will be announced on December 2nd, they were respectively nominated to the Best Actress and Best Actor categories. As the movie award season begins, we'll probably start to see a lot of headlines like this one.

October 08 2013

Chiwetel Ejiofor on 12 Years a Slave's Oscar Hype. He does an interview with, and he also appears on The View and The Today Show.

August 10 2013

Almost the 11th Doctor? Sources tell the Daily Mirror that Chiwetel Ejiofor was offered the role back in 2009.

August 01 2013

Chiwetel Ejiofor film among awards season hopefuls looking for distribution. Chiwetel Ejiofor ('Serenity') stars in 'Half of a Yellow Sun' which Hitfix has determined as a possible awards contender. More...

July 16 2013

Trailer for "12 Years a Slave" starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Sarah Paulson. The film releases December 27th.

July 09 2013

A Season in the Congo: interview with Chiwetel Ejiofor. The Telegraph has a profile of Ejiofor, discussing his role as Patrice Lumumba in A Season in the Congo. The article also mentions that Ejiofor will be directing a film adaptation of William Kamkwamba's memoir.

February 04 2013

BBC2 premieres "Dancing on the Edge" starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Anthony Head tonight. This is an explosive drama set in the early 1930s following a black jazz band in London at a time of extraordinary change. You can find more information here. More...

November 05 2012

The Operative takes on Shakespeare. Watch Ejiofor perform Shakespeare's Hamlet and make an appearance in the 2005 documentary Why Shakespeare?.

April 10 2012

Chiwetel Ejiofor signs on for "Twelve Years A Slave". He'll be playing Solomon Northup.

May 05 2011

(SPOILER) Tonight on BBC Two - Chiwetel Ejiofor stars in 'The Shadow Line'. It's got quite the cast for a BBC drama. Christopher Eccleston, Sir Antony Sher and Stephen Rea are in it as well.

April 29 2011

Original British Drama on the BBC trailer - with Whedonverse actors. Dichen Lachman and Chiwetel Ejiofor make appearances. Hooray!

August 19 2010

Why isn't Salt star Chiwetel Ejiofor up there with Russell Crowe? Guardian film blog writer calls Chiwetel "one of the best British actors of his generation" and laments his use as a "utility player."

July 23 2010

(SPOILER) Salt, co-starring Chiwetel Ejiofor opens in theaters today. The actor has third billing, just under Angelina Jolie and Liev Schreiber. The link provides trailers and clips, including Comic-Con panels.

December 15 2009

Neil Patrick Harris and Chiwetel Ejiofor nominated for 2010 Golden Globes. Neil is nominated for supporting actor in a comedy or musical series for How I Met Your Mother, and Chiwetel for best performance in a made-for-television special or miniseries for Endgame. More...

November 10 2009

Chiwetel Ejiofor talks about his work on 2012 and his other upcoming projects. He plays a geologist in 2012 which opens worldwide on November 13th.

October 18 2009

New trailer for Endgame (starring Chiwetel Ejiofor). According to the IMDB, the film will have a limited release in the U.S. on Nov. 6 and a TV premiere (?) on Oct. 25. More...

October 14 2009

Chiwetel Ejiofor talks '2012'. Long time, no Chiwetel interview. The movie is out on November 13.

July 10 2009

Happy Birthday, Chiwetel Ejiofor! Everyone's favorite Operative turns thirty-five today! And it's Ron Glass' birthday too! More...

April 25 2009

The star of Africa. An interview with Chiwetel Ejiofor in The Observer about his African roots and the end of apartheid. More...

February 24 2009

Chiwetel Ejiofor gets 'Salty' with Angelina Jolie. Our favourite Operative will go CIA in the upcoming spy thriller.

February 05 2009

Collider interviews Chiwetel Ejiofor (video). Chiwetel was promoting his new film Endgame at the Sundance Film Festival and Collider got to interview him. They also talked about Children of Men, Serenity and Emmerich's 2012.

September 12 2008

Amazon's "Armchair Commentary" podcast interviews Chiwetel Ejiofor. He talks about the movie "Redbelt", which was released on dvd recently.

August 15 2008

The Operative Goes Hand-to-Hand. Martial arts film Redbelt from our favorite Operative releases on DVD Tuesday, 26 Aug. More...

June 18 2008

Chiwetel Ejiofor on directing his first film 'Slapper'. Fab article over at The Guardian website. More...

June 14 2008

The Operative gets honoured by Her Majesty. Chiwetel Ejiofor got an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours list. More...

May 20 2008

Chiwetel Ejiofor in talks to join "2012". The apocalyptic thriller stars John Cusack, and is being directed by Roland Emmerich. More...

May 17 2008

Chiwetel Ejiofor video interview from Reel Talk. No Firefly mention, mostly "Redbelt" related. Nice career retrospective though.

May 13 2008

Interview: Chiwetel Ejiofor on Redbelt, Serenity, and Watchmen. First talks with Ejiofor about his career, his new movie and difference between making smaller movies like Kinky Boots vs a movie like Serenity with a huge fan base.

April 12 2008

Chiwetel Ejiofor gets in the Endgame. Chiwetel has joined the cast of Vantage Point director Pete Travis' next film, Endgame, also starring William Hurt. More...

February 24 2008

Chiwetel Ejiofor wins Independent Spirit Award. Ejiofor wins for his role in the film "Talk to Me". More...

February 15 2008

The first trailer for Redbelt, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. The film also stars Tim Allen, Ricky Jay, Alice Braga, and Emily Mortimer, and was written and directed by David Mamet. More...

February 07 2008

McKellen, Stewart ... and Ejiofor. The Operative/Othello will battle with Magneto/Gandalf/Lear and Xavier/Picard/Macbeth for the Laurence Olivier Best Actor Award. More...

January 17 2008

Two new photos from Redbelt. has two new exclusive photos from the set of Chiwetel Ejiofor's upcoming film Redbelt, written and directed by David Mamet. More...

January 15 2008

Our favorite operative is quite the Moor. The New Yorker raves about Chiwetel Ejiofor's "majestic" performance as Othello on the London stage: "(he) brings to the character a natural nobility and a decency that are a kind of poetic revelation." And that's for starters. More...

January 07 2008

Is the Operative the deadliest hitman in the 'verse? Today's IMDb poll lists him as one of the options for deadliest hitman/hitwoman. More...

January 03 2008

Supporting Actors stand out. Chiwetel Ejiofor gets some recognition for "Talk to Me" and "American Gangster."

December 05 2007

"What will now be known as Chiwetel Ejiofor's Othello". Great reviews for Chiwetel Ejiofor in his current role as Othello at London's Donmar Warehouse. More...

November 13 2007

The Quiet Appeal of Chiwetel Ejiofor. Fascinating piece about the life and career of our favorite Operative, although it appears his resume's now so full the article needn't mention that role. More...

August 14 2007

Chiwetel Ejiofor as Black Panther? John Singleton, who's attached to direct 'Black Panther' and 'Luke Cage' for Marvel, is considering The Operative to play the king of Wakanda.

July 17 2007

Chiwetel Ejiofor's Talk To Me does well as Captivity flops. Starring Don Cheadle, Talk To Me opens in just 33 theaters but is second only to Harry Potter in per-screen takings.

July 10 2007

He has a birthday! Happy Birthday to the man with no listing of rank or serial number.

June 22 2007

Entertainment Weekly loves Chiwetel Ejiofor. Entertainment Weekly is running a list of movie stars that they love, and the picture of our beloved Operative is part of the front page picture for the list. More...

May 11 2007

Chiwetel Ejiofor to play Othello. He'll join Ewan McGregor in the Donmar Warehouse production in London from November 29 to February 23. More...

February 21 2007

Chiwetel Ejiofor's new film Talk to Me trailer released. This movie has a provisional release date for July 20th.

December 14 2006

Chiwetel Ejiofor Bags Two Golden Globes Nominations. Chiwetel is up for "Best Performance By An Actor In A Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical" for "Kinky Boots" and "Best Performance By An Actor In A Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made For Television" for "Tsunami, The Aftermath". More...

December 04 2006

Chiwetel Ejiofor on Craig Ferguson. According to this week's TV Guide Magazine, Chiwetel Ejiofor (the Operative of "Serenity") is scheduled to be on the Craig Ferguson talk show on CBS Mon. night/Tues. morning Dec. 4/5, 12:35 AM, discussing "Children of Men." Or according The Late Late Show's site, it's Dec 7th .

November 28 2006

Tonight on BBC 2 - Chiwetel Ejiofor in "Tsunami, The Aftermath". A two part drama set in the aftermath of the tsunami of Boxing Day, 2004. Chiwetel (who was a revelation in Serenity) stars in it along with Tim Roth and Gina McKee. Five clips from the drama are available for viewing. More...

September 05 2006

A not so positive review for Gina Torres' new show Standoff. "Hostage drama "Standoff" should have been comedy". In related news, there's also a review for Chiwetel "The Operative" Ejiofor new movie "Children of Men" here.

July 21 2006

Trailer for Chiwetel Ejiofor's new movie "Children of Men" From Alfonso Cuaron the director of "Y tu mama tambien", based off the book by P.D. James. Also starring Clive Owen, Julianne Moore, and Michael Caine. More...

May 02 2006

Serenity's Chiwetel Ejiofor cited as one of the new Brit Pack. There's a new UK gang in town and they're taking coveted Hollywood roles. Well according to the Daily Telegraph that is.

April 15 2006 Review of Chiwetel Ejiofor's "Kinky Boots." "Ejiofor -- who made his first big splash in Stephen Frears' "Dirty Pretty Things," and who also appeared as a villain of Shakespearean elegance in Joss Whedon's "Serenity" -- is an actor with great physical grace, and a voice so deep and resonant you could get lost in its plush, rolling landscape."

April 13 2006

Chiwetel Ejiofor talks to IGN. He discusses his new sci-fi film, "Children of Men," and offers his thoughts on a "Serenity" sequel. More...

March 31 2006

88% fresh on the meter for Inside Man. Latest Spike Lee thriller has our favorite Operative playing a detective alongside Denzel Washington. There's an interview with Chiwetel about the movie over at More...

February 27 2006

(SPOILER) The Operative takes on "Inside Man." "Serenity" co-star Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Detective Mitchell, sidekick to Denzel Washington, in Spike Lee's all-star bank heist thriller, "Inside Man." More...

February 24 2006

Chiwetel gets his Kink on in a Cage. A Podcasted interview with Chiwetel from Triple M's "The Cage" (A Sydney breakfast radio show) while he was in Australia. Link is to an MP3 and is 4.36MBs in size.

February 20 2006

Chiwetel Ejiofor goes from Operative to Transvestite. Saw a fun trailer for Kinky Boots today, and our favorite Operative plays the transvestite lead. Looks fun.

January 13 2006

Sundance '06 to premiere in U.S. two films from Whedonverse alums. Vincent Kartheiser's "Alpha Dog" and Chiwetel Ejiofor's "Kinky Boots" will both be screened at the January 19-29th festival.

January 10 2006

Chiwetel Ejiofor nominated for Rising Star award at this year's Baftas. As the BBC news site points out, "London-born Chiwetel Ejiofor was noted for his performances in Kinky Boots and Serenity". And UK residents aged 18 or over can vote for the award by going to the Rising Star Award website.

October 26 2005

The sky's the limit for the man with the most intimidating name in showbiz. Chiwetel Ejiofor, aka Serenity's the Operative, continues his march on Hollywood. He joins 'Children of Men' and 'Tonight at Noon'.

October 05 2005

Empire Online cover the UK premiere of Serenity in London. Lots and lots of fun to be had in this article. Just wait till you see who is lined up to play Mal in Serenity 4.

September 30 2005

"How did Chiwetel Ejiofor end up playing a transvestite in a Northampton shoe factory?" The Guardian interviews Chiwetel Ejiofor. No mention of Serenity, sadly.

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