Rachel McAdams reportedly offered female lead in Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ movie

'True Detective' actress would star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in the 2016 superhero movie

Rachel McAdams is reportedly being courted to play the female lead in Marvel’s forthcoming Doctor Strange movie.

Marvel announced that Benedict Cumberbatch had been cast as Doctor Strange in December, also confirming that Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us From Evil) will direct the film from a script by John Spaihts (Prometheus). The film is set for release in cinemas on November 4, 2016.

Tilda Swinton and 12 Years A Slave actor Chiwetel Ejiofor have since been linked to key roles in the film. Ejiofor is reportedly being lined up to play Baron Mordo, a supervillain who made his Marvel Comics debut in 1963, while Swinton is said to be wanted for the role of the “Ancient One”, a Tibetan mystic who will serve 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 apparently decided to make the character female for the film.


Now True Detective star McAdams is also being linked to Doctor Strange. According to a report by Heroic Hollywood, she has been offered the female lead in the film, though her character’s name is not specified in the report.

Neurosurgeon-turned-superhero Doctor Stephen Strange made his Marvel Comics debut in 1963. The film will follow Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange as he delves into hidden worlds of magic and alternate dimensions after suffering a horrific car crash. Further plot details have yet to be revealed by Marvel.