Benedict Cumberbatch is more than ready for his next magical, mystery tour.
The acclaimed actor–who just landed a SAG Award nomination for his role in the Netflix Western The Power of the Dog—said in an interview with Deadline that Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness just wrapped additional photography over the weekend and is all set for its May 6 premiere.
Not only that, but Cumberbatch is headed into the film’s theatrical release with high hopes. “I’m thrilled at the reaction to the teaser trailer at the end of Spider–Man: No Way Home,” he said. “I’m thrilled at the reaction the film’s been having. It’s been a bit of a moment, to be honest.”
The sequel to the 2016 Marvel hit will start, according to the official synopsis, when “the door to the Multiverse–full of mystery and madness–opens.” And, with that opening, all hell breaks loose, and the sorcerer must enlist the aid of Wong and the Scarlet Witch “to restore a world where everything is changing” and where a “terrible threat looms over humanity and the entire universe.”
The film–directed by horror legend Sam Raimi from a screenplay by Michael Waldron (Loki)–stars Cumberbatch in the title role, Elizabeth Olsen as the Scarlet Witch, Benedict Wong as Wong, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, Chiwetel Ejiofor as Mordo and Xochiti Gomez as America Chavez.
Waldron said the movie has a “spookiness” about it, adding that the sequel heads in a “scarier direction–just because Sam does that so well.”
The Marvel Comics character of Doctor Strange–created by the celebrated team of writer Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko–first appeared in Strange Tales No. 110 way back in 1963.
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