Marvel announces cast for Benedict Cumberbatch-led superhero movie ‘Doctor Strange’

Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams and Chiwetel Ejiofor join Cumberbatch in the 2016 blockbuster

Marvel has officially announced the cast for Doctor Strange as its latest superhero movie starts shooting today (November 24).

Benedict Cumberbatch will star as Doctor Stephen Strange, a neurosurgeon who “discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions” following a serious car accident.

The Sherlock actor is joined by Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Rachel McAdams, Hannibal‘s Mads Mikkelsen and Steve Jobs/A Serious Man actor Michael Stuhlbarg.

Marvel has yet to announce the supporting cast members’ individual roles, but Swinton has confirmed she is playing the “Ancient One”, a Tibetan mystic who serves as a mentor to Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange. The “Ancient One” character has always been a male in Marvel’s Doctor Strange comic books, but the film’s producers have decided to make the character female for the film.

Meanwhile, Ejiofor is rumoured to be playing Baron Mordo, a super-villain who made his Marvel Comics debut in 1963.

Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us From Evil) is directing from a script by John Spaihts (Prometheus). Marvel has scheduled the film for release on November 4, 2016.