Now, as a general rule, casting announcements for major motion pictures like Doctor Strange tend to be made with a fair amount of fanfare. Whether it's at a comic convention, a heavily publicized industry event or simply via a major news source, the arrival of a popular star to a franchise is typically greeted with headlines and buzz aplenty.
Except, it seems, when it comes to Doctor Strange's latest casting addition. Y'see, it looks as though Marvel Studios may have just snuck one of the most exciting TV actors of the past decade into the movie...without telling anyone.
It Seems That Mads Mikkelsen Is Set to Star in 'Doctor Strange'
Or, at least, that's what a recent article from THR about the prospect of (the also very talented) Michael Stuhlbarg joining the movie casually dropped into a cast roundup:
"Already on the roll call are Rachel McAdams as the female lead, Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One, as well as Chiwetel Ejiofor and Mads Mikkelsen."
Which, if it proves to be true, is just about the most unusual way to introduce a major cast member that we've yet seen - as though hiring the critically acclaimed and widely beloved star of Hannibal (and countless movies) is no big deal.
Now, of course, it's entirely possible that the folks at THR are simply jumping the gun a little, and treating the rumors back in August of Mikkelsen's potential involvement as being more solid than they actually are. With that being a less 'Mads Mikkelsen appearing in the Marvel Cinematic Universe'-like outcome than the alternative, though, let's just assume for now that it he will, in fact, be starring in Doctor Strange. And, if so...
Who'll He Be Playing?
Well, the likeness may not be exact, but I'd say there's a pretty solid chance that Mikkelsen will be taking on the demonic role of the Dread Dormammu (above) - the god-king of the Dark Dimension, and one of Doc Strange's most legendary (and persistent) foes.
After all, with Chiwetel Ejiofor's Baron Mordo rumored to have anti-heroic elements to his role, it'd make sense for Strange's other great foe, Dormammu, to take on the burden of being the movie's 'big bad' - especially as it was his influence that originally drew Mordo towards betraying the Ancient One and Doctor Strange in the comic books.
Plus, if you can actually persuade Mads Mikkelsen to appear in your major blockbuster movie, not then making him a morally complex villain is a little like hiring a ballet dancer to do the dishes.
Here's hoping, then...
What do you reckon, though?