Marvel Studios is no stranger to casting some high-profile names to their films. Sometimes they even manage to snag a few Academy Award winners. So this latest casting should come as no surprise. A new report says that Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man, Steve Jobs) has signed on for a supporting role in Doctor Strange, that sees Benedict Cumberbatch playing the title role. More on the story below.
THR says that Stuhlbarg’s part is being kept hidden for now. But with some of the bigger roles already casted, we can make a few guesses as to who he will be playing.
For one thing Rachel McAdams recently signed on for an unspecified role, although some believe she will be playing Clea, Doctor Strange’s love interest and niece to the powerful villainous spectre Dormammu – who some believe will be played by Mads Mikkelson, who was once attached to play a different Marvel villain at one point in time. Other roles that have been filled so far include Tilda Swinton as Strange’s mentor the Ancient One, and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Strange’s former classmate turned villain, Baron Mordo.
So where does that leave us? Well, Variety believes that Stuhlbarg could be playing Nicodemus West, a long time admirer of Dr. Stephen Strange’s surgical abilities. And the one who performed the surgery that saved Strange’s hands but left him with severe nerve damage following his automobile accident. Ridden with guilt, West follows Strange to Kamar-Taj, arriving only days after Strange had completed his mystical training and departed. West was even considered to take the title of the Sorcerer Surpreme when the Ancient One believed that Strange was could not rise to the challenge. However, West abruptly left his training, leaving Strange as the only worthy candidate to become the Sorcerer Supreme.
Stuhlbarg isn’t quite an unknown, he is better known for his work in theater. However, once you’ve seen his face, you’ll recognize him. He most recently starred opposite Michael Fassbender in Steve Jobs, and made his big-screen debut in The Coen Brothers’ A Serious Man. Despite some of those dramatic roles, the actor is not afraid to try something of the lighter fare as he appeared as Griffin in Men In Black III, and on an episode of Ugly Betty. He has also had parts in Lincoln, Blue Jasmine, and can be seen in the upcoming Trumbo. TV roles include HBO’s hit prohibition drama Boardwalk Empire.
[Source: THR | Variety]