Michael Stuhlbarg has entered early negotiations to join Marvel’s forthcoming supernatural superhero epic DOCTOR STRANGE. Stuhlbarg, who can currently be seen in awards contender Steve Jobs, will join a cast consisting of Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen, and Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular psychic physician. Stuhlbarg’s role is being kept tightly under wraps.
Scott Derrickson is helming the pic, which is set to commence production this December in London. The film follows arrogant heart surgeon Stephen Strange, who loses his ability to operate after a terrible accident. However, he finds a new purpose after a spiritual journey takes him to a mystic known as the Ancient One (Swinton), who reveals that Strange is the new Sorcerer Supreme – the one responsible for protecting the planet from supernatural evils.
The role will mark Stuhlbarg’s first of the comic book variety, though he’s appeared in studio films before. He most recently starred in Pawn Sacrifice and the aforementioned Steve Jobs, though he’s best known for his roles in A Serious Man, Lincoln, and Men in Black 3.
The Boardwalk Empire star will next show up in November’s Trumbo, which also stars Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, and John Goodman.
He’s repped by ICM and Viking Entertainment.
Clark Allen | Associate Editor