Marvel’s Dr Strange is looking to cast Mads Mikkelsen as one of its villains, which is a great move if you ask me. If you have watched any of the Hannibal TV series, you will appreciate that Mikkelsen is a superb choice to play a bad guy. Mikkelseon has appeared, mostly as a bad guy of sorts, in films including Valhalla Rising, Casino Royale and of course Hannibal. He has also been seen in The Hunt, The Salvation and Clash of the Titans.
Variety reported the news that Mikkelsen is in talks for Dr Strange:
While sources say no offer has been delivered, one is expected shortly. Marvel had no comment on Mikkelsen’s involvement. Mikkelsen’s exact role remains under wraps, but sources say he will be another antagonist to Cumberbatch’s titular sorcerer.
Marvel has been interested in Mikkelsen for some time, at one point courting him for the villainous Malekith in “Thor: The Dark World,” until Mikkelsen won the role of the titular cannibal in NBC’s “Hannibal” and was no longer available. The Malekith role eventually went to Christopher Eccleston.
If accepted, this would be Mikkelsen’s second high-profile role in the wake of “Hannibal’s” cancellation — he’ll also appear in “Star Wars: Rogue One,” which will hit theaters on December 16, 2016. He is repped by UTA and Art Management.
Rachel McAdams was recently rumoured to be playing the female lead, opposite Benedict Cumberbatch as Dr Strange himself.
Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor are also on board to co-star.
The film is being penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, with Jon Spaihts writing the latest script, and will be directed by Scott Derrickson.
The comicbook revolved around a former neurosurgeon who serves as the “Sorcerer Supreme” — the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Strange made his first appearance in the 1963 comicbook series “Strange Tales” and would go on to have his own comicbook series and would appear in several other comicbooks that included “The Fantastic Four,” “Spider-Man” and “Nick Fury.”
Dr Strange is a former neurosurgeon who, after a car accident, loses the ability to use his hands. After exhausting every option to restore his health, Strange locates “the Ancient One” in the Himalayas who reluctantly teaches him the mystic arts. In comics, Doctor Stephen Strange is the “sorcerer supreme” of the Marvel Universe. As such, he is the gateway to an aspect of Marvel comics stories that hasn’t really been explored on film in the current set of Marvel movies.
Dr Strange will be released in cinemas on 4th November 2016.