Now that we know the ball is finally rolling (really for real this time) on Marvel's Doctor Strange, we can expect the rumors about casting to start heating up. Last week, we learned that four directors are being courted for the honor of helming the Sorcerer Supreme's debut (no small feat, considering space + magic + fans who fear change = "I don't get it, bro, where is a stacked dude punching another dude in the face?!"), though nothing has been decided yet.
Interestingly, one of those directors, Nikolaj Arcel, has ties to an actor that the studio is reportedly eyeballing for a role in the film: Hannibal villain Mads Mikkelsen, with the pair having previously worked together on A Royal Affair. Unfortunately, that's all the information that's forthcoming - there's no concrete evidence as to what character he's auditioning for, though it's worth noting that Mikkelsen had previously been approached by Marvel to be the villain of Thor: The Dark World (a part that, as we all know, eventually went to Christopher Eccleston). He's also known for his villainous roles, currently playing the brains-with-a-nice-chianti-eating titular character of the aforementioned Hannibal, as well as the enigmatic, ruthless antagonist Le Chiffre in Casino Royale. So it makes logical sense that Marvel would be sizing him up for another role in the evil vein.
On the other hand...couldn't you see him as Dr. Stephen Strange? He has the right haughty, arrogant looks, and he would, with a bit of hair darkening, cut a dashing figure as the sorcerer. In any case, the addition of the dynamically talented Mikkelsen can only be a boon for the film, whatever the role.
What do you think? Could you see him joining the Marvel family? Let me know in the comments and on Twitter.
Mads Mikkelsen in Doctor Strange?
(Source: Bleeding Cool)