Following the confirmation from Marvel last week that Benedict Cumberbatch is set to play Doctor Strange in the eponymous Marvel movie, chatter has sparked up as to who might co-star as the character’s mentor – the Ancient One.
Latino Review reports that Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy and Ken Watanabe have all been approached for the role in Doctor Strange. Freeman, of course, has some superhero experience thanks to his turn as Lucius Fox in The Dark Knight series (and so does Watanabe, actually, having played the faux Ra’s Al Ghul in Batman Begins).
Having been born in Tibet, however, the Ancient One is responsible for training Stephen Strange in the ways of the mystic arts, and would also later assist the good doctor in his adventures at times. He also trained Strange’s eventual nemesis, Baron Mordo.
Doctor Strange is being directed by Scott Derrickson for a November 2016 release.