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Published On: Mon, Nov 30th, 2015

‘Doctor Strange’ synopsis and official details released

"Doctor Strange" concept art

“Doctor Strange” concept art

Marvel Studios has officially announced the start of production on Doctor Strange, three weeks after the first set photos surfaced on the web. The press release confirms some details and the involvement of Hannibal star, Mads Mikkelsen.

The news includes the first official Doctor Strange synopsis from Marvel Studios:

“Doctor Strange” follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.

“Doctor Strange” is the latest film in Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Phase 3’s goal—over the course of four years and nine films—is to introduce audiences to new heroes and continue the adventures of fan favorites.

Benedict Cumberbatch leads the cast as Doctor Strange, and the statement confirms that Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mikkelsen, and Tilda Swinton will also star. Their character names have not been revealed, and there’s still a lot of speculation about whom McAdams and Mikkelsen in particular are playing. There’s no mention in the statement of Scott Adkins or Amy Landecker, both of whom were added after shooting began.

As for the behind-the-camera talent, here’s how Marvel lists them:

Director Scott Derrickson’s creative team also includes director of photography Ben Davis, B.S.C. (Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”); production designer Charles Wood (Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”); costume designer Alexandra Byrne (Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”); editors Wyatt Smith (“Into the Woods,” Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World”) and Sabrina Plisco, ACE (“Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium,” “Charlotte’s Web”); and visuals effects supervisor Stephane Ceretti (Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”).

Kevin Feige, Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Charles Newirth, Stephen Broussard, and Stan Lee are executive producers.

Only director Scott Derrickson and editor Sabrina Plisco are new to the MCU. Derrickson and his cast and crew will be traveling around the world for the shoot, hitting London, New York, Hong Kong, and Kathmandu, Nepal.

Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016.

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