One thing’s for certain about Marvel’s Doctor Strange: if it should fail it won’t be because of its cast. The latest actor to catch the all-seeing eye of Agamotto and land a role in director Scott Derrickson’s film adaptation of Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme (created by Steve Ditko and Stan Lee) is Amy Landecker, star of the award-winning Amazon series Transparent.
Landecker’s contributed to numerous TV and film productions over the years, including Dan in Real Life, Mad Men, Revenge, and Louie. But a lot of us first noticed her when she played the exhibitionist neighbor of Michael Stuhlbarg’s title character in the Coen Brothers’ acclaimed dark comedy A Serious Man (pictured above). It’s not yet known exactly which character Landecker will play in Doctor Strange, or whether that character will be pulled from the comics or an original creation; but the film will see the actress reunite with Stuhlbarg, who plays Nicodemus West, Stephen Strange’s surgeon turned opponent.
Of course, the rest of the cast is just as accomplished, including the internet’s boyfriend Benedict Cumberbatch as Strange himself, the chameleon-like Tilda Swinton as Strange’s mentor the Ancient One, Twelve Years a Slave‘s Chiwetel Ejiofor as the Ancient One’s former student and, in the comics, Strange’s rival and archenemy Karl Mordo, the perennially popular Rachel McAdams, and Hannibal‘s Mads Mikkelsen. With a script by Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, and Jon Spaihts, Doctor Strange is currently shooting in Nepal before it heads to England next month. The film is on track for release on October 28, 2016 in the UK and for an IMAX release on November 4, 2016 in the US.
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