Rachel McAdams Portrays Surgeon In ‘Doctor Strange:’ The Doctor’s ‘Contemporary In Modern Day New York’

Rachel McAdams apparently never hesitated when asked to be in the new Marvel movie, Doctor Strange, which is due in theaters sometime in November 2016. Cinema Blend reports that she had discussions with director Scott Derrickson and made an easy decision.

“I mean, I just love the director. I met with Scott [Derrickson] and loved his vision, he was so passionate. And the opportunity to work with Benedict was kind of a no-brainer. And Marvel makes amazing films, so it was a complete package.”

The movie Doctor Strange has a lot of potential, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as title character Doctor Strange. Check out the teaser trailer.

What about the part Rachel McAdams plays? Entertainment Weekly reports that Marvel president Kevin Feige said she will also be playing a surgeon in the movie.

“Rachel McAdams plays a fellow surgeon that has a history with Strange and is his sort of lynchpin to his old life, once he steps into he [sic] role of a sorcerer. She is someone he connects with at the beginning, and reconnects with, and helps anchor his humanity.”

This still leaves Rachel McAdams’ character shrouded in some level of mystery, which is probably exactly what Marvel wants it to be. Executive producer Stephen Broussard also had some input into McAdams’ character.

“Rachel McAdams is sort of [Doctor Strange’s] contemporary in the modern-day New York world, before and after he goes on this crazy journey. So, she sees him before, she sees him after. She’s kind of this audience point of view.”

As for Benedict Cumberbatch, on whether Rachel McAdams will be his love interest in the movie, he said he can’t really divulge that information.

“I’m not sure if I’m allowed to say what the interest is. But if I hit on her more than the Ancient One, put it like that.”

Up until being cast in Doctor Strange, Rachel McAdams has kept busy. While the television show she starred in, True Detective, didn’t end up making a splash, Fansided reports it wasn’t due to McAdams’ performance. In fact, in Salon‘s list of the five best television performances of 2015, Rachel McAdams made it. According to Salon, the show didn’t deserve Rachel McAdams.

“The second installment of Nic Pizzolatto’s anthology miniseries with HBO was an awful failure—poor idea, poor execution, poor timing. But Rachel McAdams, who played police officer Ani Bezzerides, was the show’s one saving grace—the one actor who could make you care about the show, even if what was happening on-screen barely made sense at all. She was able to channel rage, trauma, affection and vulnerability—becoming the emotional center for a show that had gone off the rails long before. The show didn’t quite deserve her, but then again, ‘We get the world we deserve.'”

Check out the True Detective Season 2 trailer to get a glimpse of Rachel McAdams’ performance.

Previously, in April 2015, Forbes published an article discussing why Rachel McAdams never became a movie star. The article centers on the fact that McAdams seems to be only in minor or truncated roles in “male-centric melodramas” and “the girl cop” in True Detective, despite the fact that she seemed all set to become the “next big female movie star” just ten years ago.

While Forbes focused on the fact that an actress can’t be a big movie star if no one makes a movie she can star in, they can now rest easy that she has the big female lead in Doctor Strange. If anything can put Rachel McAdam firmly on the map, it’s a Marvel movie. Unless Doctor Strange could be seen as a “male-centric melodrama?”

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