Benedict Wong lands role in Doctor Strange

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 22 January 2016
Benedict Wong

Benedict Wong / photo: Gage Skidmore

'The Martian' star Benedict Wong is to appear with Benedict Cumberbatch in Marvel Studios film 'Doctor Strange'

Benedict Wong has joined the cast of 'Doctor Strange'.

'The Martian' star will coincidentally play the character Wong in the Marvel Studios superhero film, which sees Benedict Cumberbatch take on the titular role as the surgeon-turned-sorcerer supreme Stephen Strange.

The story follows Strange's journey from New York surgeon to protector of the Earth after he is set on a quest to find a mystical healer.

Once he finds The Ancient One - to be portrayed by Tilda Swinton - Strange learns how to keep the planet safe against mystical and magical threats.

Wong - who also is the superhero's helper who looks after his home, aides him in matters of the occult and protects his physical body from attack when he's astral projecting his mind elsewhere.

The character Wong first appeared in the comic book series 'Strange Tales' in issue 110 back in 1963.

The cast also includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, Mads Mikkelsen, Michael Stuhlbarg and Amy Landecker.

Scott Derrickson is directing and 'Doctor Strange' is scheduled for a November 2016 release.

Doctor Strange

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 1h 55min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Scott Derrickson
  • Written by: Steve Ditko, Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, Jon Spaihts
  • Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams
  • UK release: 28 October 2016

When brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch) gets his hands mangled in a car crash, he visits Kathmandu to be reborn under the mystic tutelage of the Ancient One (Swinton). A blast: fresh performances from Cumberbatch and Swinton power a dynamic script with well-measured puns and even a little…

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