After constant speculation, actress Rachel McAdams reportedly confirmed to The Wrap today that she has officially joined the production of Marvel’s Doctor Strange. While her exact role has not yet been confirmed, it is expected that she will be playing Clea. Lover and eventual wife of Dr. Stephen Strange, Clea also eventually became his disciple, herself being trained in the mystical arts. If McAdams is indeed portraying Clea, expect her to at least be around for any potential Doctor Strange sequels, if not other films as well.
The project will begin filming in less than two months time, ahead of a November 2016 release. It will be Marvel Studios second release in 2016, following after the May release of Captain America: Civil War. 2016 is rather special now, as it marks the final calendar year that will see only two Marvel Studios films released, at least for awhile. Beginning in 2017, the studio will move to releasing three films a year and their slate is scheduled in such a way at least through the end of 2019.
Scott Derrickson directs the film, which is a bit of a pet project for Marvel head honcho Kevin Feige. The script was penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, and Jon Spaihts. The cast is currently comprised of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, Rachel McAdams (presumably) as Clea, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, and Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One. Mads Mikkelsen is also reportedly circling a role, but noting has been confirmed at this time.
Doctor Strange hits theaters on November 4, 2016.