After months of rumors and speculation, actress Rachel McAdams confirmed to The Wrap that she has signed on to star in Marvel's Doctor Strange. We reported back in July that the actress was offered the female lead in Doctor Strange, and while the actress has admitted that negotiations were taking place, this is the first we've heard that her deal has been finalized. It isn't known yet who she is playing, but there have already been rumors about her character.
A few weeks after the initial Rachel McAdams rumor surfaced, another report claimed that she might actually be playing the Night Nurse. Marvel's Daredevil showrunner revealed that they had originally cast Rosario Dawson as Linda Carter, a.k.a. Night Nurse, but they changed her character to Claire Temple, stating that the Marvel Cinematic Universe had "plans for her (Night Nurse) down the road." While Doctor Strange wasn't specifically revealed in Steven S. DeKnight's interview, Linda Carter does have a connection to Doctor Strange in the Marvel Comics.
Night Nurse originally had her own comic book series in the 1970s, but she was brought back for Brian Bendis' run of Daredevil comics in 2004. Linda Carter was then brought over to Brian K. Vaughan's 2006 comic miniseries entitled Doctor Strange: The Oath. There is very little we know about the Doctor Strange plot, so it isn't known if it will be based on that particular mini-series, or if Night Nurse is involved in any way shape or form. It isn't known when Marvel plans on making this news official, but hopefully that announcement will reveal which character she is playing.
The actress joins a cast that already includes Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character, Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo. It isn't known how many other main character are left to be cast, but we reported last month that this superhero movie is courting Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen for a villainous role, although that report has yet to be confirmed. Production is scheduled to begin in November, but it isn't known when principal photography will take place.
Scott Derrickson is directing from a script by Jon Spaihts, with principal photography slated to begin this November. Marvel has already set a November 4, 2016 release date for the superhero adventure, which will go up against 20th Century Fox's Trolls. Rachel McAdams most recently starred in Aloha, Southpaw and True Detective Season 2. She will next be seen in Spotlight alongside Mark Ruffalo, Liev Schreiber, Stanley Tucci and Michael Keaton.