Rachel McAdams to Return for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness
Oscar nominee Rachel McAdams (Spotlight) is reportedly reprising her character of Dr. Christine Palmer in the upcoming Marvel sequel Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, according to Deadline.
McAdams will rejoin Benedict Cumberbatch, Benedict Wong, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who are all reprising their roles for the follow-up to 2016’s Doctor Strange. Elizabeth Olsen will also be bringing her MCU character Wanda Maximoff/Scarlet Witch to the sequel, which also stars Xochitl Gomez (The Baby-Sitters Club).
Cumberbatch will next be reprising his role as Dr. Stephen Strange in the Tom Holland-led Spider-Man 3 in addition to Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. The sequel is being described as the first horror film in the MCU with Oscar nominee Cumberbatch returning as the titular sorcerer supreme. According to Kevin Feige, the upcoming Disney+ shows WandaVision and Loki will both directly impact the events the Doctor Strange sequel.
Originally set to be directed by Scott Derrickson, the sequel is now being helmed by Spider-Man‘s Sam Raimi with Loki head writer Michael Waldron set to rewrite the script that was first written by The Turning scribe Jade Bartlett.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness will hit theaters on March 25, 2022.
The first Doctor Strange movie was released in 2016 with Benedict Cumberbatch starring in the titular role. Joining him in the film were Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo, Rachel McAdams as Christine Palmer, and Michael Stuhlbarg as Nicodemus West. It also featured the MCU debut of critical characters from the pages of Marvel Comics, including Benedict Wong as Wong, plus Mads Mikkelsen as villain Kaecilius, and Tilda Swinton as the Ancient One (who is of Celtic origin in the film instead of East Asian origin). Doctor Strange was directed by Scott Derrickson, whose previous credits were primarily horror films like The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister, and Deliver Us from Evil.