Captain America: Civil War officially wrapped this past weekend. That means Marvel is ready to begin work on Doctor Strange. An exact production start date has yet to be announced. But the main cast is almost complete. Benedict Cumberbatch will play the title character. He is joined by Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who boarded the project earlier this year. Now we have word that another mysterious being is being added to the cosmic line-up.
Hannibal star Mads Mikkelsen seems to be ditching his cannibal ways for Disney. It was reported earlier this month, during the studio's big D23 presentation, that the actor had joined the Rebel Alliance for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Now comes word that he is taking on a role in Doctor Strange. While Mads Mikkelsen has confirmed the unexpected, that he will actually be playing a hero in Rogue One, it seems that he'll go back to being the bad guy when it comes to his interactions with Dr. Stephen Strange.
It is confirmed by Variety that Mads Mikkelsen is in talks to play a villain in Doctor Strange. Which villain? Those details are being kept under wraps for the time being. Sources close to the production say that no offer has been officially delivered. But a contract is expected to be signed shortly. At this time, Marvel and Disney have no comment on Mads Mikkelsen's involvement.
Scott Derrickson, known for his horror movies Deliver Us from Evil and Sinister, is directing this next Marvel solo adventure, which is expected to launch yet another superhero franchise. Jon Spaihts is behind the screenplay. The story follows Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Vincent Strange, a former neurosurgeon destined to become the next Sorcerer Supreme and primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Artist Steve Ditko created the character for Marvel Comics back in 1963.
Tilda Swinton is set to play Strange's mentor The Ancient One, who is traditionally portrayed as male in the Marvel Comics. The actress does not yet know if she will be playing male or female in the movie, but has performed in drag on multiple occasions. Chiwetel Ejiofor is playing Baron Mordo, a former student of the Ancient One who becomes Doctor Strange's nemesis. Though, he is not the primary villain in the story, a role that looks to be going to Mads Mikkelsen. The relationship between Baron Mordo and this mystery bad guy is not yet known.
Doctor Strange is set to start shooting later this year. The movie will be in theaters next November, following Captain America: Civil War, which debuts in May, kicking off the summer moviegoing season. The two movies will launch the Marvel Phase Three slate. Marvel has wanted to bring Mads Mikkelsen into the MCU for quite sometime. He was originally slated to play Malekith in Thor: The Dark World, but dropped out once he landed the lead role in NBC's horror drama series Hannibal. The series was canceled just as Hannibal Season 3 started to get underway this summer, freeing up Mads Mikkelsen's calendar. What do you think? Do you like the idea of Mads Mikkelsen occupying space in both the Star Wars and Marvel universes?