Earlier this month, we reported that actress Rachel McAdams is being eyed for the female lead in Marvel's Doctor Strange. Naturally, there were no details given about what character she may be playing in that report, but some cryptic comments from earlier today could offer a hint at who she's playing: the Night Nurse. When asked if there have been any conflicts with the Marvel movie side, Marvel's Daredevil producer Steven S. DeKnight revealed that Rosario Dawson's character was changed from Linda Carter to Claire Temple, because the MCU had "plans" for Carter.
"The feature side had plans for her down the road so that was the only time we ran into a conflict. So we just used another name."
While Steven S. DeKnight doesn't mention Doctor Strange specifically by name, Linda Carter does have a connection to the character in the comics. The Night Nurse originally had her own comic book series in the 1970s, but she was re-introduced in 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. It's worth noting that the first issue of that series will be reprinted over the Halloween season.
Rachel McAdams confirmed to The Los Angeles Times earlier this week that she is in talks with Marvel, but it's still, "super-early days," and she doesn't "know where that's gonna go, if anywhere at all." She didn't confirm which character she is in talks for, but it's certainly possible that she could be playing Linda Carter. If she does sign on, the actress will join a cast that includes Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character, Dr. Stephen Strange, Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo.
Very little is known about the actual story at this point, but producer Kevin Feige confirmed that the doctor will still live on Bleeker Street in Greenwich Village, just like he did in the comics. There has been some controversy over Tilda Swinton taking on the Ancient One role, typically played by a male, but the actress recently revealed that she isn't sure if Marvel wants her to portray the Ancient One as a man or woman. The studio reportedly looked at several male actors for the role, before deciding on Tilda Swinton.
Rachel McAdams recently starred in Aloha and Southpaw, which opened in theaters this past weekend, and she can be seen on the current season of HBO's True Detective. She will next be seen in The Little Prince and Every Thing Will Be Fine. If she does sign on to Doctor Strange, do you think she would be a good fit to play Linda Carter, a.k.a. The Night Nurse? Or would she be better suited to playing a different character? Let us know what you think.