Benedict Wong Joins Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’

“The Martian” thesp Benedict Wong is set to join the cast of Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” starring Benedict Cumberbatch, sources confirm to Variety.

Mads Mikkelsen, Rachel McAdams, 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.

Wong will play Wong, the sidekick to Cumberbatch’s superhero. Wong has several abilities that include performing healing duties, assisting in occult matters, is knowledgeable in martial arts and tends to Strange’s affairs.

“Doctor Strange” will debut on Nov. 4, 2016, with production currently under way.

Besides “The Martian,” Wong was also recently seen in Netflix’s series “Marco Polo.” Other past credits include “Prometheus” and “Sunshine.” The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.

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