After months of waiting, we finally know that Benedict Cumberbatch will indeed play Dr. Stephen Strange for Marvel Studios, joining director Scott Derrickson and writer Jon Spaihts on the film, which is set to be released in November 2016. Now Marvel has to fill out the rest of the Doctor Strange cast, and few roles in the Strange mythology are more important than the Ancient One, the powerful magician who serves as Strange's mentor.
It could be some time before we know for sure who will play the Ancient One, but Latino Review reports that three distinguished actors have emerged as frontrunners for the role. They are Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman (Oblivion), Academy Award nominee Ken Watanabe (Godzilla) and BAFTA winner Bill Nighy (Underworld).
All three actors seem like they could easily slip into the role of magical teacher to Cumberbatch's student, and each has his own flair for the job. Watanabe is the only one of the trio who's Asian, which makes him physically the closest to the Ancient One's comic-book origin. Nighy, like Cumberbatch, is English, which could give him an advantage depending on the tone the film is going for, and he's certainly had experience playing a wizened elder before in films like Underworld. Freeman, of course, is famous for his gravitas and onscreen wisdom, so much so that he's literally played God.
Of course, this is just an unconfirmed report at the moment, but each of these three stars seems like a good fit in his own way for the Ancient One. What do you think? Which actor is the best fit for the role?
Doctor Strange hits theaters Nov. 4, 2016.
(Via Latino Review)