There's been rumours regarding the possibility of Danish actor Mads Mikkelsen getting involved with the upcoming Doctor Strange floating around for a while now, another veritable heavyweight rumoured to be joining the already impressive (if small) cast.
Rachel McAdams was recently confirmed to be on board for the film, beside Benedict Cumberbatch in the titular role, Tilda Swindon as Strange's tutor - the Ancient One - and Chiwetel Ejiofor as his arch-enemy Baron Mordo.
Created by the legendary Steve Ditko and inked by a slew of incredibly talented and versatile artists over the years, the introduction of the Sorcerer Supreme is set to really shake up the Marvel Cinematic Universe; he's a major player in the comics and his abilities are vast and incredibly powerful. His big screen adaptation could have big implications for films like [The Avengers: Infinity War](tag:738027) further down the line, as he'll be one of the few players with the power to stand up to Thanos. He's kind of a big deal.
So the rumours that the indomitable Mads Mikkelsen would be coming on board as another antagonist (upon which we have already speculated) makes the whole thing even more exciting. Mikkelsen himself recently spoke out whilst in discussion with Chinese website Mtime regarding his rumoured casting, and whilst nothing is yet confirmed the possibility of a deal with Marvel Studios does still seem to be floating around:
"I know as much as the rest of the world. So far it's been rumours, so I'm waiting on a phone call."
Waiting on a phone call... That sounds almost positive towards the possibility that negotiations are taking place. McAdams was in a similar place once; shortly before it was announced officially that she'd be joining Doctor Strange she commented that she didn't know if her talks with Marvel Studios were going anywhere, and now look at her.
However, given that Doctor Strange is set to start filming as early as next month time is running very short for adding names to the cast-list with still nothing yet confirmed for Mikkelsen.
The silver lining is that it seems like Mikkelsen is actually pretty positive about getting on board with the Marvel Cinematic Universe; he was previously in talks back in 2012 to play antagonist Malekith in [Thor: The Dark World](tag:206462), but he was unable to commit to the role due to his lead role on the (sadly) now cancelled Hannibal. When speculating on how he would feel about taking on a part in Doctor Strange he said:
"Over the moon. It would be fantastic to be a part of the Marvel family. It's something we all grew up with. We all have our heroes - and Doctor Strange is definitely one of the more interesting things."
Well said Mads, well said.
Directed by Scott Derrickson and starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Doctor Strange is set to be released November 4, 2016.