‘Doctor Strange’ Female Lead Officially Confirmed

By September 14, 2015

Out of all of Marvel’s entire Phase 3 slate, few films seem more interesting and unique than next year’s Doctor Strange. The movie has been making some of the most interesting creative decisions of any Marvel movie from the beginning too, starting with the choice to sign long-time horror director Scott Derrickson on at the helm. Considering how skilled the filmmaker is at creating atmosphere though, along with the obvious genre-heavy tones of the property – it’s hard not to walk into the movie expecting something different at the very least.

With a cast already assembled including Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, and Benedict Cumberbatch as the lead, the film is brimming with Oscar-caliber actors onscreen as well, and seems to become even more interesting of a project the longer time goes on. Both Mads Mikkelsen (Hannibal) and Rachel McAdams (True Detective) have been rumored to be joining the film’s cast as well, but no confirmation has come from either parties as of yet.

Coming directly from this year’s Toronto International Film Festival however, TheWrap reports that McAdams herself confirmed in person that she will be starring opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in the 2016 Marvel movie. Although there hasn’t been much word on who McAdams could be playing, some of the rumors seem to be pointing towards her being Strange’s longtime love interest in the comics, Clea. However, considering how little we know about the role and the film at this point, anything is possible right now.

While no footage from the film was shown at this year’s D23 Expo, with the movie set to begin production in November, the concept art and details that were revealed gave fans their very first look into what they might expect from the project, including some of the craziest imagery ever seen in a Marvel movie. Judging by the art and details too, it looks like the film will follow the same kind of story as the comics, with Dr. Stephen Strange being a successful, and cocky neurosurgeon before losing the ability to use his hands in surgery following a tragic accident. Looking for some kind of treatment, Strange meets the Ancient One, who trains him in the art of sorcery and magic, before becoming the Sorcerer Supreme.

Not much is known about how Ejiofor’s Baron Mordo – a fellow student of the Ancient One before becoming Strange’s nemesis – will fit into the story, or the direction of Mikkelsen’s rumored villain in the story could take, but it looks like the film will be combining both familiar elements from the comics with an original story for the screen. With McAdams confirmed for the movie and production starting in just a few short months though, it looks like we’ll start to learn more and more about the project over the next few months.

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