In a tale of two Benedicts, we’ve finally seen the addition of a key role in the story of Marvel’s Dr. Stephen Strange. Joining the cast of Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange is Benedict Wong, playing the Doctor’s most trusted ally and companion, Wong.
Benedict Wong was most recently seen in Ridley Scott’s The Martian and Prometheus, as well as Netflix’s Marco Polo. He’ll be joining his other namesake Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role, alongside Rachel McAdams, Scott Adkins, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amy Landecker, and Mads Mikkelsen in an unrevealed villainous role (which is more than likely the demonic Dormammu).
We’ve been waiting to hear news about this character for a while now, especially with some of the other racially swapped characters we’ve seen so far. It started when Tilda Swinton was cast in the role of the Ancient One, who has mostly been characterized as an elderly Asian man. This was followed by the casting of Chiwetel Ejiofor as Baron Mordo, a role most commonly characterized as a Transylvanian nobleman.
This ruffled some internet fanboy feathers, despite the great talent brought on to the film by these actors. It also led to some discussion over just who we would see in the role of Wong and whether or not we would see the character’s Asian heritage reflected properly on the big screen.
We have only seen a few pieces of promotional material so far as the film is currently in production, so be sure to keep it locked to Grizzlybomb for more news from Doctor Strange, and be sure to go like our Grizzlybomb Facebook page to stay up to date on all your geeky needs!
Doctor Strange is slated to hit theaters on November 4, 2016.
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