Now part of the studio's Phase 3 Plans--Created in 1963 in the comics by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko --Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) tells the story of an arrogant surgeon who is injured in a car accident and goes on to become the Sorcerer Supreme of the universe. Using his magical powers Strange protects the earth from attacks from other realms.
Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy and Ken Watanabe are said to be the top candidates to play The Ancient One. The character is the previous Sorcerer Supreme who serves as Strange's mentor--and also ends up training but ultimately rejecting Baron Mordo, The long rumored bad guy in the film who is said even to make a cameo appearance in the upcoming "Captain America: Civil War". Edgar Ramirez has been mentioned to possibly play Mordo in the film.
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It has been suggested that Ejiofor is wanted for a bad guy role, such as Mordo, but inside sources say that he may serve in more of a mentor role such as the semi-immortal mystic the Ancient One.
The studio hired Scott Derrickson to call action here. He was first reported in contention for the director job last year, along with names like Jonathan Levine ("Warm Bodies") and Mark Andrews ("Brave").
"Kung Fu Panda" scribes Jonathan Aibel and Glenn Berger were said to be poised to pen a recent screenplay draft. Back in January 2012, Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer-the writing duo behind the recent remake of Conan the Barbarian had their work seemingly approved by the studio. Recently we learned that Jon Spaihts, best known for writing the early and more "Alien"-inspired drafts of Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" is in talks to rewrite the script. The tone of the film will be similar to that of "Iron Man".
Casting is underway. Production will take place at Pinewood Studio in England after "Civil War". "Doctor Strange" is set to open on November 4, 2016.