The cast for Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ is shaping up very nicely. Benedict Cumberbatch is taking the title role alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo and Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One.
Rachel McAdams is set to be play the female lead, but until her exact role has been a bit of a mystery.
Latino Review reports that the actress will play Christine Palmer, aka Night Nurse, a sugical nurse who tends to various superheroes in the Marvel universe.
Oddly this isn’t the same Night Nurse who has appeared alongside Doctor Strange in one of the character’s best arcs, 2006-2007’s 'The Oath’ (that’s Linda Carter - pictured below). However, given Palmer is a surgical nurse and Strange is a surgeon, this suggests there might be a rejigging of the comic backstory to make them colleagues, or something like that.
McAdams playing Palmer would also but to rest the natural assumption that she would play Clea, Stephen Strange’s main love interest in the comics. This leaves the opportunity to introduce Clea further down the line.
Rosario Dawson was believed to be playing Night Nurse Linda Carter in Marvel and Netflix’s 'Daredevil’ TV series, but Marvel said no, with Dawson ending up playing Claire Temple.
'Doctor Strange’ is due to start filming in the coming weeks with Scott Derrickson directing and a top notch cast starring all of the above and also rumoured to feature Mads Mikkelsen, potentially as villain Dormammu.
The film is set to be released on 28 October 2016.
Picture Credits: Marvel Comics / HBO