‘Doctor Strange’ Eyes ‘Hannibal’ Star Mads Mikkelsen to Play Villain (EXCLUSIVE)

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Hannibal” star Mads Mikkelsen is in early talks to play one of the villains in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” opposite Benedict Cumberbatch, Variety has learned exclusively. While sources say no offer has been delivered, one is expected shortly. Marvel had no comment on Mikkelsen’s involvement.

Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor are on board to co-star. Scott Derrickson is directing the comic book movie from a script by Jon Spaihts. Marvel’s Kevin Feige will produce.

Cumberbatch will play Stephen Vincent Strange, a former neurosurgeon who becomes the next Sorcerer Supreme and primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Marvel Comics artist Steve Ditko created the character in 1963. Swinton will play Strange’s mentor, the Ancient One, while Ejiofor will appear as Baron Mordo, who also studies magic under the Ancient One in the comic books, before becoming Doctor Strange’s nemesis.

Mikkelsen’s exact role remains under wraps, but sources say he will be another antagonist to Cumberbatch’s titular sorcerer.

“Doctor Strange” will debut on Nov. 4, 2016, with production set to start late this year.

Marvel has been interested in Mikkelsen for some time, at one point courting him for the villainous Malekith in “Thor: The Dark World,” until Mikkelsen won the role of the titular cannibal in NBC’s “Hannibal” and was no longer available. The Malekith role eventually went to Christopher Eccleston.

If accepted, this would be Mikkelsen’s second high-profile role in the wake of “Hannibal’s” cancellation — he’ll also appear in “Star Wars: Rogue One,” which will hit theaters on December 16, 2016. He is repped by UTA and Art Management.

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  1. Since Marvel is getting the rights for Fantastic 4 back, I will be stoked if hes Victor Von Doom

  2. thejerk says:

    Mads is my favorite villain.

  3. maribel says:

    Nightmare or Dormammu, I’d bet.

  4. s fairchild says:

    So happy to see him being recognized by a American audience. Mikklesen has been my favorite actor for years! He is amazing, not some young little pretty punk that America usually falls in love with. He is a man, and a fine actor.

  5. RS says:

    Oh yes please ! Mads is a magnificent actor. Hope he signs on.

  6. Grant Sherrill says:

    Gotta be Baron Mordo

  7. Ono says:

    Dormammu? I would love it if he plays Baron Blood instead, or Mephisto woooo!!!

    • Alwx says:

      I think Mephisto is owned by Fox as part of the FF universe. I’m thinking Dorammamu but he’d be PERFECT for Mephisto.

  8. Esther says:

    They not deserve this man! He’s too mucho for Marvel. ;)

  9. AndiPhantasi says:

    No please because DC deserves that beautiful man

  10. Dear marvel says:

    Marvel needs to stop killing their villains off after 30 minutes in the mcu.

  11. Kat says:

    Mikkelsen could play literally anyone in anything and I will watch it. Truly an exceptional actor.

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