Doctor Strange is an upcoming American superhero film featuring the Marvel Comics character of the same name, produced by Marvel Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is intended to be the fourteenth film installment of the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU). The film is directed by Scott Derrickson with a screenplay by Jon Spaihts and C. Robert Cargill, and stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mads Mikkelsen, and Tilda Swinton.
After Stephen Strange, the world's top neurosurgeon, is injured in a car accident that ruins his career, he sets out on a journey of healing, where he encounters the Ancient One.
Benedict Cumberbatch as Stephen Strange / Doctor Strange
A neurosurgeon, who after a horrific car accident, 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."
Rachel 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."
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."
Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One
A mystic from a foreign land who becomes Strange's mentor and is training pupils to be the next sorcerer supreme. Marvel Studios initially searched for a male actor, but rethought the role and made it female. Feige explained that during the development of Doctor Strange the Ancient One was looked at "as 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.
Mads Mikkelsen plays "a sorcerer who breaks off into his own sect" from the Ancient One, according to Feige. Describing the character, Feige said, the character 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."
Scott Adkins' role is yet to be specified. Who do think he will be?
Will he be a foe or a friend?
Amy Landecker joins the cast as well, however, her role, like Adkins isn't specified yet.
Michael Stuhlbarg will play as Nicodemus West: A rival scientist to Strange.