Mads Mikkelsen‘s popularity rose to greater heights ever since he started portraying main antagonist Dr. Hannibal Lecter in the “Hannibal” TV series.

Prior to his debut as the said character in the series, he had already been praised by many for his outstanding performances in several critically-acclaimed movies and TV series such as the “Pusher” film trilogy, “King Arthur”, “The Hunt”, and “Casino Royale”.

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Due to his remarkable talent, the Danish actor was recently eyed to star in Marvel‘s upcoming superhero film, “Doctor Strange“, as Variety reported that Mikkelsen is currently in early talks to star one of the villains.

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Details regarding his role are undisclosed as sources told Variety that no offer has been delivered yet, though it is expected shortly. Marvel had no comment on the report.

He certainly won’t be the only one playing a villain in the film because Chiwetel Ejiofor was earlier revealed to be playing Doctor Strange’s arch enemy, Baron Mordo.

Since “the cinematic version will serve as an amalgamation of several characters in Strange canon”, Ejiofor’s character will likely appear as an ally to Strange as he studies magic under the Ancient One too.

Source : Vulture.
Source : Vulture

This isn’t the first time that Mikkelsen has been eyed to play a Marvel role as he was previously courted to play Malekith in 2013’s “Thor: The Dark World”. However, the role ultimately went to Christopher Eccleston as Mikkelsen was slated to play Dr. Hannibal Lecter in “Hannibal”.

If Mikkelsen agrees to join this film, it would mark his 2nd high-profile role after being hired to star in Lucasfilm’s upcoming “Star Wars: Rogue One”. He will also be starring alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton, who are attached to play Doctor Strange and the Ancient One respectively.

Rachel McAdams, who recently appeared in “Southpaw” and “True Detective” Season 2, was rumoured to be playing the female lead.

Marvel’s Kevin Feige will produce the film while “Sinister” director Scott Derrickson will direct it based on a script by Jon Spaihts. The plot is said to centre on neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange (played by Benedict Cumberbatch) who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.

“Doctor Strange” will be released on 4th November 2016 and production is slated to start later this year.

What do you think of the report? Who do you think Mikkelsen will play in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU)? Share your thoughts in the comments box below.

Source: Variety.

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