Word of Rachel McAdams being courted by Marvel to star in Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange opposite Benedict Cumberbatch has been making the rounds for a few weeks now, but now McAdams herself has confirmed that she’s at least in early talks for the role. There’s no official confirmation from Disney/Marvel or even an inkling as to whether an offer has been extended, but at least we feel confident in saying that McAdams is squarely in the running. Her role however, if she chooses to accept it, is unknown at this time.
McAdams is still up for the biggest Hollywood roles — it just seems to be a matter of whether she wants to take them. She is considering playing the female lead in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” which is set to star Benedict Cumberbatch, though she is careful to note, “it’s still super-early days, and I don’t know where that’s gonna go, if it’s gonna go anywhere at all.” But she’s not a “comic book snob.” (Or a reality TV snob, for that matter: She says she’s been watching this season of “The Bachelorette.”)
Big-name actresses have been taking roles in comic book franchises for years now — Johansson, Natalie Portman. But McAdams is repelled by the idea that she should follow any prescribed path.
“I try to shut out ideas about why you should do things,” McAdams says. “Trying to do good architecture and really designing a career? There’s some attention to be paid to that, but I don’t think it’s everything.”
If you’re a fan of McAdams, definitely check out the full interview because it reveals quite a bit about her character as a person and her decisions as an actor. In the lens of Disney/Marvel, however, we can read between the lines here a bit and make an educated guess that says McAdams probably isn’t thrilled with the prospect of being locked into a multi-picture deal for a character she hasn’t necessarily connected with. Of course, that’s just speculation on my part, but judging from the rest of her article, I think it’s a fair assessment.
Look for McAdams in Antoine Fuqua’s Southpaw and HBO’s True Detective, as well as writer-director Tom McCarthy’s thriller Spotlight, which opens November 6th. Doctor Strange opens November 4, 2016.