Marvel doubles down on Benedicts, adding Benedict Wong to the Doctor Strange cast
Marvel Studios has found its Wong. The Hollywood Reporter today brings word that the currently-filming Doctor Strange is doubling down on Benedicts, casting The Martian star Benedict Wong as Strange’s faithful manservant, also known as Wong. Benedict Wong joins a cast that includes, in addition to Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch in the title role, Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave) as Baron Mordo, Tilda Swinton (Only Lovers Left Alive) as The Ancient One and, in undisclosed roles, Rachel McAdams (The Vow), Michael Stuhlbarg (Pawn Sacrifice), Scott Adkins (The Bourne Ultimatum), Amy Landecker (“Transparent”), and Mads Mikkelsen (“Hannibal”).
Doctor Strange is scripted by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, Passengers) and directed by Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us From Evil). The film tells the story of Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch), an acclaimed neurosurgeon who uncovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions after a near-fatal car accident, showing audiences corners of the Marvel Cinematic Universe never before explored.
Wong, who first appeared alongside Strange in 1963’s “Strange Tales” #110, was, in the comics, a disciple of the Ancient One who was sent to America to assist Dr. Stephen Strange on his journey through the mystic arts.
Benedict Wong, who also worked with The Martian‘s Ridley Scott on Prometheus, is also well known for starring as Kublai Khan on Netflix‘s Marco Polo.
Scheduled to hit theaters November 4, 2016, Doctor Strange will continue “Phase Three” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which launches this May with Joe and Anthony Russo’s Captain America: Civil War.
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