‘Doctor Strange’ Casts Michael Stuhlbarg in New Role

By November 2, 2015

With filming set to begin in London later this December, it looks like the cast of Marvel’s Doctor Strange just got even better. The film, which has the potential to be one of Marvel’s most interesting outings in their Phase Three slate, follows a skilled and arrogant neurosurgeon named Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch). After losing the the ability to perform surgery following a tragic accident though, Strange journeys to Tibet in the hopes of learning the mystical arts and regaining his skills and abilities, before eventually rising up to be the Sorcerer Supreme.

After already acquiring an ensemble of Oscar-worthy actors though, THR  has reported that actor Michael Stuhlbarg has been cast in the film, and while the original report didn’t offer too many details regarding Stuhlbarg’s possible role, Variety confirmed that the actor will be playing a character named Nicodemus West. Fans of the Doctor Strange comics will recognize West’s name as the doctor who operates on Stephen Strange’s hands following his tragic accident, and driven by the guilt of his failure to heal Strange, follows him to Tibet where he learns a small amount about mystical healing, before leaving his training too soon.

While audiences will likely recognize Stuhlbarg from some of his roles in movies like A Serious Man, Hugo, Seven Psychopaths, Lincoln, Blue Jasmine, and this year’s Steve Jobs opposite Michael Fassbender, the actor has never quite been able to obtain the popularity that his immense talent might warrant. It’s unknown how Marvel is planning on incorporating West’s role in the film, he is described as being a rival scientist of Strange, and it’s possible that he could play a larger role than he does in the comics.

Stuhlbarg joins Benedict Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supremere himself – Stephen Strange, Rachel McAdams in a still unknown female role, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Strange’s mystical nemesis Baron Mordo, Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, and Mads Mikkelsen, who has previously been rumored to be playing a villain in the film as well, although nothing has been confirmed.

The movie is set to be directed by long-time horror director Scott Derrickson, and will delve further into one of the more obscure and uncharted sides of the Marvel Comics Universe. After this year’s Ant-Man briefly introduced the idea of alternate dimensions and universes too, Strange will function as not only an origin story for its title character, but also as a way to explain and introduce the mystical and magical elements of the onscreen universe that have yet to be explored. With a skilled genre director and a talented cast to boot too, it looks like Doctor Strange is shaping up to be just as interesting as its source material offers.

Doctor Strange is set to hit theatres on November 4th, 2016.

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Alex Welch

Alex Welch

Alex dreams of meeting a girl with a yellow umbrella, and spends too much time* staring at a movie screen. His vocabulary consists mostly of movie quotes and 80s song lyrics. *Debatable