The cat is out of the bag.
McAdams was long rumoured to star in the said film as the female lead.
Earlier in July, the actress herself confirmed in an interview with the L.A. Times that talks have started with Marvel regarding the role. However, she was “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.
Her rumoured involvement heightened the level of anticipation for the film, but at that time, the talks were still at the very early stages.
Back then, before Marvel’s “Iron Man” was released, she was 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.
Marvel did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
McAdams recently starred in HBO‘s “True Detective” Season 2. She also starred in Cameron Crowe‘s “Aloha” and opposite Jake Gyllenhaal in boxing drama “Southpaw”. She will be seen next in “Spotlight,” which had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.
In Marvel’s “Doctor Strange”, she will star opposite Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton, who joined the cast as the Doctor Stephen Strange/the Sorcerer Supreme and The Ancient One respectively. Chiwetel Ejiofor will play Doctor Strange’s arch enemy, Baron Mordo while Mads Mikkelsen (of “Hannibal” fame) is still in talks to play another villain.
Marvel’s “Doctor Strange”, 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 will begin shooting in the UK this November before its official release on 4th November 2016.