A few weeks ago came rumors that Rachel McAdams had been offered the female lead role opposite Benedict Cumberbatch in the upcoming “Doctor Strange” film at Marvel Studios. At the time there was no confirmation or denial.
McAdams has now confirmed discussions are taking place in a new profile piece/interview with The Los Angeles Times about her career and her current role in the second season of HBO’s “True Detective”. She says: “It’s still super-early days, and I don’t know where that’s gonna go, if it’s gonna go anywhere at all.” She does add she’s not a “comic book snob”.
McAdams also offered an explanation as to what she’s thinking when she turns down a role: “It’s often out of my own insecurity. If I’m picky, it’s for that reason. I want to be able to bring my best to the table. So if I’m not connecting to something, then I’m not gonna hold up my end of the bargain, and that’s really embarrassing.”
McAdams is being rumored for the role of a student of Strange’s and ultimately a woman who can compete with him on a mystical level. If she’s onboard, she would join a cast that includes Chiwetel Ejiofor as the villain and Tilda Swinton as Strange’s mentor The Ancient One.
Swinton’s role in the comics is that of a man, and she tells The Guardian she’s doesn’t know at this point if she’ll play the part as a man or a woman.