The movie adaptation of “Doctor Strange” is now casting for the role of Nicodemus West. Variety reported that Michael Stuhlbarg of “Boardwalk “Empire has been approached to play the role of the medical surgeon who like Strange also gained mystical powers, albeit in a limited scope.
If the 47-year-old actor will agree to work on the film then he will be joining Benedict Cumberbatch (“The Hobbit” film series) who will portray the former playboy-neurosurgeon turned Sorcerer Supreme successor.
Other actors who have reached their decision in joining the latest upcoming installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase Two are Academy Award nominee Tilda Swinton (“Michael Clayton”) who will represent a female version Strange’s guru named the Ancient One and “12 Years a Slave” actor Chiwetel Ejiofor as the main antagonist of the movie Baron Mordo. Mordo in Marvel lore also happened to train under the tutelage of the Ancient One along with Doctor Strange before jealousy turned him into a villain.
Actress Rachel McAdams has been rumored to be part of the now growing mystical cast as reported by IGN. Earlier it was suggested that the “True Detective” star will play the otherworldly beau of Stephen Vincent Strange, on the contrary, she will play a character from the now defunct Marvel’s “Night Nurse” series.
Another actor who has had early talks to play another villain in the mystical hero movie is Mads Mikkelsen who plays the titular character in television’s “Hannibal.” With the director Kevin Feige keeping the roles under wraps, Movie Pilot once again took it to themselves in making a catalog list of who the 49-year-old Danish actor will appropriately portray.
With the Baron Mordo role already taken, these characters on a supernatural warpath have long locked horns with Strange in the past: the dimensional traveler Dormammu, who calls the Dark Dimension his home world; Yandroth a technomancer, who has the knack of using mindless brutes to battle Doctor Strange; and Strange’s former colleague Dr. Charles Benton who was reincarnated to take on the demonic form of Mephistole’s subordinate Asmodeus.
“Doctor Strange” will begin production in December in London.
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