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Rachel McAdams is joining the Marvel family in the highly-anticipated Doctor Strange movie.

The True Detective actress revealed on Monday (September 14) that she will star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in the 2016 cosmic epic, reports TheWrap. A spokesperson for Marvel declined to comment to Digital Spy.

Rachel McAdams

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McAdams tipped a possible role in Doctor Strange in July, but cautioned at the time: “I don’t know where that’s gonna go, if it’s gonna go anywhere at all.”

Doctor Strange already boasts a star-studded cast, with Tilda Swinton portraying a gender-bending version of the Sorcerer Supreme’s mentor the Ancient One and Chiwetel Ejiofor as the baddie Mordo.

Benedict Cumberbatch/Doctor Strange split image

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Watch Benedict Cumberbatch’s Star Trek goof at Marvel’s D23 Doctor Strange presentation

Hannibal‘s Mads Mikkelsen is also apparently being courted to play a villain in Doctor Strange.

Scott Derrickson’s introduction to the cosmic side of the Marvel Universe is currently slated for October 28, 2016 in the UK and November 4, 2016 in the US.

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Looks like Cumberbatch will play Doc Strange. Very interesting, because I’m hoping Marvel will do for the Strange film what they did for Thor and Iron Man.

I actually want it to be creepy, horrific, and supernaturally threatening. Not a bunch of pyrotechnics and a mere stage show.

Strange could be an awesome character facing lethal and terrifying opponents if they don’t muck it up.

Benedict Cumberbatch Is ‘Doctor Strange’

Marvel just made it official, folks — Benedict Cumberbatch will play the title role in Marvel Studio’s upcoming superhero fantasy film Doctor Strange. The sorcerer supreme hits theaters November 4, 2016, as part of Marvel’s Phase 3 in their shared movie universe. The film will be directed by Scott Derrickson (and let me use this opportunity to plug the fantastic occult horror film Sinister — if you’ve not seen it yet and want an idea of how perfect Derrickson is for the Doctor Strange film, check out Sinister, just make sure you aren’t alone in the house when you do).

Marvel’s announcement quotes producer and president of Marvel Studios Kevin Feige as saying, “Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity. In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.”

The official confirmation also included word that the film will indeed focus on how neurosurgeon Stephen Strange survives a car crash and discovers the occult world of magic that leads him to become master of the mystic arts Doctor Strange. This origin was originally revealed way back in the comic book series Strange Tales in issue #115, in 1963.

Cumberbatch is getting much Oscar buzz for his performance in The Intimidation Game, and is considered a top contender for the award. Should he walk away with the little golden fellow next February, it will certainly be an added bonus for Marvel in securing the actor as part of their superhero cinema. But even without a win, Cumberbatch is pretty much a sure thing for a nod at the Academy Awards, and that alone is great for him and for Marvel’s boasting rights. And going a step further, even without an Oscar nomination, Cumberbatch is one of the most popular and acclaimed actors in film today, with a large fanbase on TV and film. So he brings instant credibility and power to Doctor Strange regardless of award season speculation.

After the huge success of Guardians of the Galaxy, it’s impossible to say that anything is too far-out or weird or different in the Marvel movies to be a big hit. So, Doctor Strange clearly takes the fantasy elements in a new direction and is going to be the first truly pure-magic story in Marvel’s stable of franchises (Thor‘s films treats Asgard’s magic as a form of advanced science and harnessing of cosmic forces), and will surely be unlike anything we’ve seen from Marvel Studios so far; however, the Marvel brand plus the general global popularity of fantasy films and occult-horror, Cumberbatch’s built-in personal brand and popularity, plus Derrickson’s deft hand at handling films of the occult and horror variety, adds up to lots of reason to expect this to be another feather in the studio’s cap.


I’m not a big fan of Doctor Strange (I’m much more a Doctor Fate and Doc Savage man myself) but if done correctly (and that’s a big if) I think it could be interesting. Maybe even good.

I do think that they should very much approach it as a horror/weird, almost Lovecraftian type film. So I also think the scriptwriters and directors they have chosen are probably good choices.

Marvel Shoots ‘Doctor Strange’ in 2015 for Likely Summer 2016 Debut

September 17, 2014
Source: ScreenDaily

Doctor Strange

While we still don’t know who will end up taking the title role in Marvel’s Phase Three film Doctor Strange, with Joaquin Phoenix being the last actor linked to the role, that doesn’t mean the comic book studio isn’t getting production in order. And Screen Daily reports Marvel is currently working out their schedule with Pinewood-Shepperton Studios across the pond (where Star Wars: Episode VII is filming now) to shoot the film starting around May 2015, lining the film up for release on July 8th, 2016. The date has yet to be confirmed but since it’s Marvel’s most immediate project following next summer’s release of Ant-Man and this is the next date in their long list of reservations, it just makes sense logically. More below!

Scott Derrickson (Deliver Us from Evil, Sinister) is set to direct Doctor Strange with a script from Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts, working from a previous draft by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. The film will reportedly already see Doctor Strange with his powers already intact, so this won’t be just another origin story, though he won’t yet be the superhero we’ll see him become either. It’ll be interesting to see how Marvel introduces this mystical character into the cinematic universe, but since they’ve already successfully blended the cosmic universe with what’s happening on Earth, we’re not worried.

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