Benedict Cumberbatch has already been spotted and snapped filming ‘Doctor Strange’ in Kathmandu, so we already knew that was going on, but Marvel has officially confirmed that the movie is shooting. In addition, they also confirmed the main cast, once again with few surprises. In addition to Cumberbatch as the title hero, the movie stars Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams and Michael Stuhlbarg. The one reveal was the confirmation that Mads Mikkelsen had been cast. The ‘Hannibal’ actor has long been rumored, but this makes it official.
Marvel also released a brief synopsis of the film, which you can read below:
“Doctor Strange” follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.
“Doctor Strange” is the latest film in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Phase 3’s goal—over the course of four years and nine films—is to introduce audiences to new heroes and continue the adventures of fan favorites.
‘Doctor Strange’ is being directed by Scott Derrickson and produced by Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. The majority of the crew is comprised of Marvel vets. Ben Davis serves as director of photography, Charles Wood as production designer and Alexandra Byrne as costume designer. All three previously worked on ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ and ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’. Sabrina Plisco will serve as co-editor. This marks her first work for Marvel.
Curiously, Marvel did not confirm which characters the announced actors would play. But it’s been pretty widely reported that Ejiofor will be playing rival sorcerer Baron Mordo, Swinton will be the Ancient One, McAdams will play Christine Palmer a.k.a. Night Nurse and Stuhlbarg will be Nicodemus West, a rival surgeon. The one mystery is Mikkelson’s role, although it was previously stated that he would play the Big Bad. Since Mordo is not stated, expected him to be the film’s major antagonist. Dormammu is certainly a likely option but that hasn’t been confirmed.
What do you think of the cast so far? And what part would you like to see Mikkelsen play?
‘Doctor Strange’ is due to teleport into theaters on November 4, 2016.