Marvel’s Doctor Strange opens one year from today, and filming is currently underway in Nepal. Prayush Khadka was able to snap a distant photo of a bearded Benedict Cumberbatch on set, presumably in a scene before he begins his mystical training at Kamar-Taj with the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton). He’s certainly not in his final form here, as we’ve already heard a little more about the “Escher stuff” that’s going into his full Doctor Strange look.
Along with the start of filming comes a couple more casting confirmations. As rumored, Mads Mikkelsen has joined the film in an unnamed role. Michael Stuhlbarg is another recent addition; he’ll be playing Dr. Nicodemus West. In the comics, West performed the surgery on Stephen Strange’s hands, saving his hands, but causing nerve damage. West tracks Strange to Kamar-Taj, but Strange has already left, so West starts training in the mystic arts himself. He leaves before his training is complete, which (let’s just say) is a bad idea.
Anyway, apologies on not yet having any close-ups of Cumberbatch on set. Perhaps everyone was too busy trying to teach him how to pronounce the word penguin.