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'Dr. Strange' News Update: Rachel McAdams Character Confirmed?

First Posted: Oct 27, 2015 02:13 PM EDT
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Rachel McAdams will not be playing the protagonist's supernatural love interest in the upcoming Marvel "Dr. Strange" adaptation as previously rumored.

According to Latino-Review, McAdams, who was recently confirmed in the film, will instead portray night-shift nurse Christine Palmer. The character has appeared numerous times in the Marvel comic "Night Nurse."

In "Night Nurse," Palmer is not the main character, but a surgical assistant, making her an appropriate counterpart to Dr. Stephen Strange. However, in the original comics, it is main "Night Nurse" protagonist Linda Carter who appears alongside the doctor in the miniseries "Doctor Strange: The Oath." It is unclear as of yet why McAdams will be playing Palmer and not Carter.

While nothing is confirmed at the moment, Marvel has subverted many fans' expectations in the past, as in "Iron Man 3" when filmmakers tricked audiences over who The Mandarian was. It would not be shocking if the company pulled a similar stunt, or tried to step away from the love story typical of comic book movies.

McAdams has recently been seen in "A Most Wanted Man" and the second season of "True Detective." She is currently promoting her upcoming film "Spotlight," which has scored rave reviews and is considered the front-runner to win the Oscar for Best Picture. She is also scoring Oscar buzz for her performance in that film. She also starred in "Aloha," "Southpaw," "Everything Will Be Fine" and "About Time."

Meanwhile, Marvel is currently working on "Phase Three" of their "Avengers" cycle. Among the movies that will be part of the new phase are "Captain Marvel," a third "Thor" film, and a "Black Panther" film. "Ant-Man 2" will also head to theaters before the third and fourth parts to "The Avengers."

"Doctor Strange" begins filming next month. The film is also set to star Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game," "Tinker Tailor Solider Spy"), Chiwetel Ejiofor ("12 Years a Slave," "Secret In Their Eyes") and Tilda Swinton ("We Need to Talk About Kevin," "Snowpiercer"). The film is slated to be released on Nov. 6, 2016, a few months after "Captain America: Civil War."

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