Doctor Strange – Stephen Strange is the world’s top neurosurgeon, after he is injured in a car accident that ruins his career, he sets out on a journey of healing, where he encounters the Ancient One, who later becomes Strange’s mentor in the mystic arts.
- Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange / Doctor Strange: A neurosurgeon who, after a horrific car accident that led to a journey of healing, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions. Cumberbatch, who spent his gap year teaching English at a Tibetan monastery in Darjeeling, India, stated that the mysticism in the film resonated with him: “I’m very excited about that spiritual dimension, obviously. It’s something that’s been a huge part of my life. I meditate a lot. That’s a huge tool in trying to calm myself, get away from the crazy circus of it all, have a focused mind as well as be a kinder, considerate person in the world. I took a lot of stuff away from my experience in Darjeeling… It was a profoundly formative experience at a very young age. It’s something I’ve tried to keep in my life.” Cumberbatch stated he took great care in defining the physical movements and gestures of the character, as he felt there was “going to be a huge amount of speculation and intrigue over the positioning of that finger as opposed to it being there, or there.” He also called the gestures “a beautiful thing”, “balletic” and “very dynamic”. Producer Kevin Feige added that Doctor Strange would “only touch upon what a lot of his powers are,” which include casting spells with “tongue-twisty fun names”, creating mandalas of light for shields and weapons, and creating portals for quick travel around the world. Strange is also aided by a Cloak of Levitation for flight, and the Eye of Agamotto, a relic with the ability to “manipulate probabilities…which is also another way of saying, ‘screw around with time’.”
- Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo: A former student of the Ancient One, along with Strange. Unlike the comics, the character is not completely villainous and is an amalgamation of different characters from the Doctor Strange mythos. Ejiofor noted this, saying, Mordo is “a very complex character that, really, I don’t think can be nailed down either way”. Regarding Mordo’s relationships with the Ancient One, Ejiofor called it “long and intense” and “very deep and very connected.” He added that once Strange arrives, they both recognize a “certain quality [in him] that they feel is going to be very useful in a situation they’re in.”
- Rachel McAdams: McAdams plays a fellow surgeon of Strange. Feige describes the character as a “lynchpin to his old life, once he steps into the role of a sorcerer. She is someone he connects with at the beginning, and reconnects with, and helps anchor his humanity.”
- Michael Stuhlbarg as Nicodemus West: A rival scientist to Strange.
- Mads Mikkelsen: Mikkelsen plays “a sorcerer who breaks off into his own sect” from the Ancient One, according to Feige. Describing the character, Feige said, “[He] believes that the Ancient One is just protecting her own power base and that the world may be better off if we were to allow some of these other things through.”
- Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One: A mystic from a foreign land who becomes Strange’s mentor and trains pupils to be the next Sorcerer Supreme. Marvel Studios initially searched for a male actor, but rethought the role and made it female. Before filming began, Swinton did not know if she would portray the character as a female or male, but later stated that the character’s gender is “all in the eye of the beholder”. Feige said, “we use the terms ‘her’ and ‘she’ in the film but, other than that, it’s very androgynous. Because it doesn’t matter,” and explained that the Ancient One is “a mantle more than a specific person… There have been multiple [Ancient Ones], even if this one has been around for five hundred years, there were others. This is a mantle, and therefore felt we had leeway to cast in interesting ways.” Swinton’s casting also drew accusations of whitewashing due to the fact that the character is generally depicted as a Tibetan man. Co-writer C. Robert Cargill compared it to the Kobayashi Maru, an unwinnable training exercise in the Star Trek universe, saying, “There is no other character in Marvel [Comics] history that is such a cultural land mine that is absolutely unwinnable,” citing the racial stereotype of the character, and the political climate around Tibet. As such, director Scott Derrickson decided to “use this as an opportunity to cast an amazing actress in a male role.”In response, Swinton stated that the character in the film is not actually Asian and that she was never asked to play an Asian character.
Additionally, Benedict Wong portrays Wong, Strange’s valet who “performs healing duties, assists in occult matters, is knowledgeable in martial arts, and tends to Strange’s affairs.” Amy Landecker and Scott Adkins have been cast in undisclosed roles.
Doctor Strange is scheduled to be released on the 4th November, 2016 in 3D and IMAX 3D.
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