‘Doctor Strange’ final casting confirmations announced

Marvel announced the final cast for “Doctor Strange” today, as well as the official start of production, in a new press release. The movie has been filming for a few weeks, but it's nice to have final confirmation on some heavily speculated cast members. 

While Benedict Cumberbatch's casting as the surgeon-turned-sorcerer, Stephen Strange, was confirmed last December, there has been a lot of speculation surrounding his supporting cast since then. Various sites have listed Rachel McAdams as Cumberbatch's possible love interest, Tilda Swinton as possibly playing the Ancient One, and “Hannibal's” Mads Mikkelsen as potentially playing the villain, but nothing was official yet. 

Marvel confirmed today that Rachel McAdams will indeed be joining Benedict Cumberbatch in the film, along with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Tilda Swinton, Mads Mikkelsen, and Michael Stuhlbarg. Production on “Doctor Strange” began earlier this month, when Cumberbatch and Ejiofor were seen filming in Nepal. Set photos hit social media very quickly, which HitFix previously reported on here. 

Check out the official press release below:

Marvel Studios announced today that production has begun on “Doctor Strange,” starring Benedict Cumberbatch (“Black Mass,” “The Imitation Game”), Chiwetel Ejiofor (“12 Years a Slave,” “The Martian”), Rachel McAdams (“Southpaw,” “Sherlock Holmes”) and Michael Stuhlbarg (“Steve Jobs,” “A Serious Man”) with Mads Mikkelsen (“Clash of the Titans,” “Casino Royale”) and Academy Award® winner Tilda Swinton (“Michael Clayton,” “The Grand Budapest Hotel”). The film, which opens in U.S. theaters on November 4, 2016, is directed by Scott Derrickson (“Sinister,” “The Exorcism of Emily Rose”).

The film will be shot in several locations around the world, including London, New York, Hong Kong and Kathmandu, Nepal.

“Doctor Strange” follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.

“Doctor Strange” is the latest film in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Phase 3″s goal-over the course of four years and nine films-is to introduce audiences to new heroes and continue the adventures of fan favorites. Marvel”s “Doctor Strange” is produced by Kevin Feige with Louis D”Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Charles Newirth, Stephen Broussard and Stan Lee serving as executive producers. More on Marvel.com

“Doctor Strange” hits theaters November 4, 2016.