Freeman, Watanabe, Nighy Rumored for DOCTOR STRANGE Role

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Following last weeks confirmation that Benedict Cumberbatch has been officially signed on to play the title role in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, the rumor mill continues to chum when it comes to the supporting cast.

The studio has reportedly reached out to some vet actors to fill the role of a key figure in Steven Strange’s life, his mentor the Ancient One. He also ends up training Baron Karl Mordo, who is heavily speculated to feature as one of Doctor Strange’s enemies, but hey, nobody’s perfect.

Well, Latino Review reports that Marvel is supposedly courting Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy and Ken Watanabe to play the role. Given no information other than that it remains unclear how this character would fit into Scott Derrickson helmed movie which is not expected to be an origin story. The Ancient One played a major role in Strange’s early years when he found him seeking magical healing after a car accident damaged his hands.

Speaking of this latest casting rumor, I’d be stoked with any one of actors, but if Marvel sticks to original story points from the comics, there’s only one  on that list that comes close to looking Tibetan and it’s not Freeman or Nighy.

Doctor Strange is  set to arrive on November 4, 2016, so it may be many months until we learn who is playing the previous Sorcerer Supreme.

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The film, directed by Scott Derrickson with Jon Spaihts writing the screenplay, will follow the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.

DOCTOR STRANGE, first created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in the pages of 1963′s STRANGE TALES No. 110 focuses on Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange, an arrogant and selfish surgeon whose hands are damaged in a car accident. After all conventional healing methods fail, he travels to Tibet as a last-ditch effort to find a cure at the hands of a man known as the Ancient One. In an act of benevolence, Strange saves the man from the Ancient One’s power-hungry disciple Baron Mordo, thus becoming the magical art’s new hero.