Rumours cannot be trusted all the time, however, they are surefire ways to heighten the level of anticipation, be it for a movie or a song. Following the report that Tilda Swinton will join Marvel‘s “Doctor Strange” as The Ancient One, sources told Heroic Hollywood’s El Mayimbe that Rachel McAdams has been offered a deal to play the female lead of the said superhero movie.
The actress herself confirmed in an interview with the L.A. Times that talks have started with Marvel regarding the role.
According to the Amy Kaufar of the L.A. Times, McAdams, who currently stars in “True Detective” Season 2, is “considering playing the female lead” in the Marvel movie alongside Benedict Cumberbatch. However, the actress is “careful to note” that “she’s not a comic book snob”, adding:
It’s still super-early days, and I don’t know where that’s gonna go, if it’s gonna go anywhere at all.
As the talks are still at the very early stages, it is unclear which role she will be taking. Back then, before Marvel’s “Iron Man” was released, she emerged as director Jon Favreau’s top choice to play Pepper Potts. However, she turned down the role and it was never explained why. She did, however, reveal that she turned down a role “often out of her own security”.
If I’m picky, it’s for that reason. I want to be able to bring my best to the table. So if I’m not connecting to something, then I’m not gonna hold up my end of the bargain, and that’s really embarrassing.
Regarding the rumour, Marvel did not confirm nor deny it.
Meanwhile, Marvel already confirmed in December 2014 that Cumberbatch will headline Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” as the Sorcerer Supreme. The movie, which will be helmed by director Scott Derrickson (of “Sinister” and “Deliver Us From Evil” fame) , is based on the screenplay written by Jon Sphaits. It is expected to begin filming this November in the UK and may feature Chiwetel Ejiofor as the villain and Swinton as the Ancient One.
Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” is currently slated for release on 4th November 2016.