We already knew Doctor Strange stated shooting earlier this month, not only because Kevin Feige has previously stated production was set to start this month, but because some sneaky Twitter user caught Benedict Cumberbatch and crew in Nepal.
Strangely enough (pun not intended… or was it?) Marvel didn’t release an statement regarding the start of this production right away, but instead waited a few weeks to do so. Seriously, there’s something mysterious going on with Marvel and this movie, but I like to think it’s all a plan to put us in a mystical mood.
Back to the statement, Marvel finally did so yesterday, and with it came some casting confirmations we were waiting for.
The statement reads as follows:
“Marvel Studios announced today that production has begun on Doctor Strange, starring Benedict Cumberbatch (Black Mass, The Imitation Game), Chiwetel Ejiofor (“2 Years a Slave, The Martian), Rachel McAdams (Southpaw, Sherlock Holmes) and Michael Stuhlbarg (Steve Jobs, A Serious Man) with Mads Mikkelsen (Clash of the Titans, Casino Royale) and Academy Award® winner Tilda Swinton (Michael Clayton, The Grand Budapest Hotel). The film, which opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016, is directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose). The film will be shot in several locations around the world, including London, New York, Hong Kong and Kathmandu, Nepal.
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”.
The main bet for Mikkelsen’s character is Dormammu, the Lord of the Dark Dimension. Although we already have a villain in Chiwetel Ejiofor, set to play Baron Mordo, Mikkelsen is best known for his mastery at playing villain roles. Dormammu is Strange’s biggest enemy, and among his abilities are manipulation of mystic energy, mastery of dark magic, and dimensional teleportation. Oh, and he is immortal. Yeah.
As for Stuhlbarg, we are still convinced he will play Doctor Nicodemus West, a long-time admirer of Strange who also happens to be the one who saved Strange’s hands after that horrible accident, though leaving him with severe damage.
Judging by the pics that were leaked a few weeks ago, we will get a look at Strange’s quest for alternative ways to heal, leading him to the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton) and to his encounter with Baron Mordo. Therefore, Stuhlbarg as Nicodemus makes perfect sense. Mikkelsen as Dormammu also makes sense but more in a “we really want to see Dormammu in the MCU” way.
Now we just wait for the first official pic to be released. Will my heart be able to handle that? Probably not, but that’s what I signed up for when I sold my soul to Marvel.
Doctor Strange, directed by Scott Derrickson, is scheduled for a November 4th release.
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