Doctor Strange Might Offer Rachel McAdams A Major Role

Over the years, many leading ladies have been drawn to the Marvel Cinematic Universe - from Gwyneth Paltrow to Scarlet Johansson to Natalie Portman - and if new rumors are to be believed, then Rachel McAdams might be the next name to join that esteemed group. Pretty fetch, right?

This story comes to us from Heroic Hollywood, which says that they've learned from an anonymous source that an offer has been extended to McAdams for the lead female role in Scott Derrickson's upcoming Doctor Strange. What's unfortunate is that there don't appear to be any details regarding what kind of role she would be playing in the film - though it's worth noting that she wouldn't be the first actress to be attached to the film. That honor instead belongs to Tilda Swinton, who will be playing the mystical Ancient One in the magic-filled blockbuster.

Without any information to go on, we can only speculate as to the role that Rachel McAdams could possibly be playing in Doctor Strange, but there is one name that seems to stick out: Clea. In the comics, she is both a niece and close disciple of Dormammu - a master of dark magic who is one of Dr. Stephen Strange's greatest foes. She winds up betraying her master for the Sorcerer Supreme, and winds up being a close ally of his in the Dark Dimension (and a lover). She is a sorceress in her own right, possessing many of the same abilities as Strange, and she was first introduced to the comics in 1964 - just a year after Doctor Strange stories began running.

Right now, Doctor Strange is in pre-production, and Scott Derrickson is prepping the movie to start shooting in London soon. Benedict Cumberbatch is playing the titular lead in the film, and Jon Sphaits' screenplay will tell the character's origin. In addition to Tilda Swinton being attached as the Ancient One, it's also been reported that Chiwetel Ejifor is attached to play the villainous Baron Mordo in the movie.

Should she sign on to the project, the movie would be Rachel McAdams' first comic book film - though she has had a taste of action movies in the past thaniks to her role in Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes and its sequel. She can currently be seen weekly on HBO thanks to her role as Detective Ani Bezzerides on the hit series True Detective, but also has the boxing movie Southpaw out in a few weeks, and was just prominently featured in Cameron Crowe's Aloha. This fall she might find herself in Academy Award conversations, as she has a large role in Thomas McCarthy's Spotlight - which tells the true story of the child molestation cover-up in the Catholic church.

Would you like to see Rachel McAdams get a role in Doctor Strange? If so, who do you think she should play? Hit the comments with your thoughts!

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