Thursday, 26 November 2015

Michael Stuhlbarg set to play Nicodemus West in Doctor Strange

Scott Derrickson (Sinister) has certainly been making some great casting choices for his entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And, while the deal is not yet quite sealed, it appears he is adding one more fine character actor into the mix. News arrives via The Hollywood Reporter that Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man) is in negotiations to join Doctor Strange.

Derrickson is getting ready to direct the film this December in the UK, working from a script by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). He will bring to life the character originally conjured by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. 

Dr. Stephen Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) starts his story as a selfish New York surgeon who loses his professional skills in a car crash. After falling on hard times, he ends up in the care of a mystical healer known as the Ancient One (Tilda Swinton), and learns to tap into psychic and magical powers. In recognition of his selfless efforts to thwart evil fellow disciple Baron Mordo (Chiwetel Ejiofor), he is taught the mystical arts and sets out to defeat other shady sorcerers and various villains. 

Rachel McAdams (About Time) is confirmed and Mads Mikkelsen (The Hunt) is in talks to appear in the movie, and while The Hollywood Reporter's story doesn't mention his character, other sites have dug up word that Stuhlbarg will be playing Nicodemus West, a scientist who in the comic books is the man who works on Strange after his accident and ends up following him to meet the Ancient One. Of course, for all we know, his story in the film could be quite different, but in Stuhlbarg's hands it should be entertaining.

Doctor Strange has conjured up a 28 October 2016 release in the US, so it is now less than a year away. Stuhlbarg can currently be found stealing scenes in Danny Boyle's (127 Hours) Steve Jobs. He will also appear in Jay Roach's (Meet The Parents) Trumbo, which is due to hit UK screens on 5 February next year.

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