DOCTOR STRANGE Officially Begins Filming, Major Cast Members Confirmed

Even though we've already seen footage of stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Chiwetel Ejiofor on set, Disney just sent us a press release announcing the start of production on Marvel's Doctor Strange. They also confirm the major cast members, which include Cumberbatch, Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, and Michael Stuhlbarg along with Mads Mikkelsen and Academy Award® winner Tilda Swinton. It's a mostly boilerplate release, but there are a few little things worth pointing out. First up, the official description of the movie:

“Doctor Strange” follows the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.  

And there's also a full list of the main behind-the-scenes talent involved with the movie:

Director Scott Derrickson’s creative team also includes director of photography Ben Davis, B.S.C. (Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”); production designer Charles Wood (Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”); costume designer Alexandra Byrne (Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”); editors Wyatt Smith (“Into the Woods,” Marvel’s “Thor: The Dark World”) and Sabrina Plisco, ACE (“Mr. Magorium’s Wonder Emporium,” “Charlotte’s Web”); and visuals effects supervisor Stephane Ceretti (Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy”). 

There's one film listed among all of those credits that appears more than any other: Guardians of the Galaxy. That's not an accident — Doctor Strange is set up to be the most bizarre movie yet in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and having the cinematographer, production designer, costume designer, and visual effects supervisor of James Gunn's beloved, off-kilter space epic says a lot about how Derrickson is going to push the boundaries of what we expect even further, and it hopefully bodes well for a movie that, at the very least, is spectacular on a visual level.

Doctor Strange opens on November 4th, 2016.

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