Marvel Studios officially announced today that principal production has started on Doctor Strange, the big screen debut for Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme, Dr. Stephen Strange. The film stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular hero, Chiwetel Ejior as Baron Mordo, Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton as The Ancient One. The film is due out in theaters next year.
The film, which is directed by Scott Derrickson, will follow the story of the neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange. After a horrific car accident, he discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions. The film is being shot in several locations around the world, including London, New York, Hong Kong and Kathmandu, Nepal. Per Marvel Studios and Disney, this will be a part the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s Phase 3, which has the goal of introducing audiences to new heroes and continuing adventures of fan favorites.
Kevin Feige is producing the project alongside Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Charles Newirth, Stephen Broussard and Doctor Strange co-creator Stan Lee serving as executive producers. Serving on the production team for the film: director of photography Ben Davis, B.S.C. (Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy); production designer Charles Wood (Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy); costume designer Alexandra Byrne (Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy); editors Wyatt Smith (Into the Woods, Marvel’s Thor: The Dark World) and Sabrina Plisco, ACE (Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium, Charlotte’s Web); and visuals effects supervisor Stephane Ceretti (Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy).
Doctor Strange will hit theaters on November 4, 2016.