Michael Stuhlbarg in Talks to Play Nicodemus West in Doctor Strange

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As 2016 gets closer, it’s naturally expected to see more and more casting news circulating in the media pertaining to Doctor Strange, especially since the film’s production takes off next month. Here’s who we know is playing who: Benedict Cumberbatch is playing Stephen Strange in the titular role, Chiwetel Ejiofor is to play Strange’s nemesis Baron Mordo, Tilda Swinton is set in the role of the Ancient One, and Rachael McAdam’s role has yet to be officially announced, although all rumors are pointing to her being cast as Night Nurse. These are all spectacular actors, but now it looks like Marvel is trying to recruit another acclaimed actor to helm the role of a rival surgeon turned companion of the Sorcerer Supreme.

Variety reported that their sources told them that actor Michael Stuhlbarg (Seven Psychopaths, Steve Jobs) has been in talks with Marvel for the part of  Dr.Nicodemus West. Since Stuhlbarg has a past with dramatic roles in films, he would be a great fit for someone like West, since he had something of a rivalrous relationship with Strange and could be fueled by jealousy. He could also eventually serve as a companion to the doctor, since in the comics he is the one that heals Strange’s hands after his near-fatal accident that eventually lead to him achieving his mystical powers. He has also been shown to have a slight grasp on the mystic arts, giving him limited mastery of spells and magic (he ain’t no Sorcerer Supreme though, we’ll tell you that much).

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Take this news with a small grain of salt though, because although it hasn’t been officially confirmed, it seems very likely that this could be the first superhero/comic book property that Stuhlbarg would act in. We’ll just have to sit back and see if Marvel Studios proves that there is any veracity to these statements.

Doctor Strange is set to release on November 4th, 2o16

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