El Mayimbe of Heroic Hollywood strikes again!
Yesterday, he broke the rumor that Marvel has “offered the female lead” in Doctor Strange to Rachel McAdams. The 36 year-old actress currently stars as a total bad ass in HBO’s second season of True Detective, which is getting mixed reviews. She’s mostly known for her roles in The Notebook, Sherlock Holmes and Wedding Crashers.
There’s no word on who she’d play as the “female lead,” though the safe bet would be Clea, Doctor Strange’s on-again/off-again love interest.
She is the daughter of Umar, the sister to Dormammu, who eventually became the ruler of the Dark Dimension. Clea herself eventually became a ruler of the Dark Dimension, having to choose a life away from her beloved Stephen to bring peace to the embattled dimension. She is a supremely powerful sorcerer in her own right and would be a great partner to Doctor Strange.
Clea was introduced early on in Doctor Strange’s mythology in Strange Tales #126, debuting in the same issue as Dormammu and the Dark Dimension. One issue later, in #127, Doctor Strange first received his Eye of Agamotto and his Cloak of Levitation as a boon for saving Clea from the flaming-headed demon lord of the Dark Dimension, Dormammu.
It’s completely possible that they’re bring Umar into the picture, so perhaps McAdams is up for that, though it’s doubtful that the character will make anything more than a cameo. It’s also possible that Marvel is going to continue with their gender-bending and race-bending in this film, which would open McAdams up to roles such as Wong, Doctor Strange’s long-time assistant. It’s also entirely possible that she’ll play Casey Kinmont, a student of Doctor Strange’s in Mark Waid’s story about trying to find the next Sorcerer Supreme, but this is also doubtful.
If this is true, Rachel McAdams would join an impressive cast, lead by Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role of Doctor Strange, with Tilda Swinton rumored to be the Ancient One and Chiwetel Ejiofor confirmed to be Baron Mordo.
Doctor Strange will hit theatres in November of 2016.
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