As reported by The Wrap, Rachel McAdams has officially joined the upcoming Marvel film Doctor Strange. She is set to star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch, who is playing the titular character.
Rachel McAdams is primarily known for her roles in the films Midnight in Paris, The Vow, and Sherlock Holmes (2009). She has also recently played Detective Ani Bezzerides in season 2 of the popular HBO television show True Detective.
It has not yet been announced who exactly Rachel McAdams will be playing in Doctor Strange. Since Hollywood operates in the way that it does, I would be willing to bet that she’s going to play a love interest to Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange. We do know that she can’t be playing the Ancient One, since Tilda Swinton had already been announced in the role. It’s a bit hard to see where McAdams is going to fit in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (which is part of the reason she screams “love interest” to me, the other part of the reason being “star opposite”) but since she has some action-adjacent experience in Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes (2009), it is highly likely that she will be able to hold her own.
We also don’t know very much about Doctor Strange itself. The official synopsis is, according to IMDB, “After his career is destroyed, a brilliant but arrogant surgeon gets a new lease on life when a sorcerer takes him under his wing and trains him to defend the world against evil.” The movie is to be directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose). The screenplay to the film is to be written by Thomas Dean Donnelly (Sahara), Joshua Oppenheimer (Sahara), and Jon Spaiths (Prometheus).
Doctor Strange is set to begin filming this fall, in November. The release date of the film does not arrive until November 4. 2016.