Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy & More Up for Role in 'Doctor Strange'
Now that Marvel Studios has officially confirmed "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch as the title mystical hero in Doctor Strange, the focus has shifted to the supporting roles. So far nobody else has been cast in the film that will be directed by Scott Derrickson (Deliver Us from Evil) and written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), though there have been rumblings (and potentially confused details) about Daniel Bruhl's character from Captain America: Civil War potentially crossing over into Doctor Strange. But a new rumor pegs Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy & Ken Watanabe on a shortlist for a supporting role. More below!
So who would one of these actors play? Latino Review has word that they're in consideration for the role of The Ancient One, the mentor to Stephen Strange, who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions. The Ancient One is the previous Sorcerer Supreme before Strange inherits the title, so we probably wouldn't expect this character to be around for long. He may even only show up in flashbacks since we've heard that Doctor Strange may not follow the usual origin story formula we've seen countless times in comic book movies. In the comics, The Ancient One also trained but rejected Mordo, a baron said to be the villain in the film.
The three choices for the role are all rather different (and surprisingly diverse), so we're very interested to see who ends up with the gig. Frankly, I'd like to see Bill Nighy in a role like this, if only because I feel like we've already seen Morgan Freeman and Ken Watanabe play similar characters. However, there have also been rumblings that Al Pacino might be in the running for this role. The actor recently confirmed general meetings with Kevin Feige at Marvel, but there's been no specific information offered as to whether or not there's a specific role that Pacino may be offered. Stay tuned for any updates on Doctor Strange.