It looks like Rachel McAdams will reprise her role as Dr. Christine Palmer in Doctor Strange 2. A new report suggests that McAdams has “closed a deal” to return for Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, although they noted that it isn’t clear how big her role in the film will be.The actress first played Palmer, Dr. Stephen Strange’s ex-girlfriend-turned-friend who gets left behind as he sets out on his new quest, in 2016’s Doctor Strange. It’s pretty interesting because previous reports (just this year) had said the actress will not return.
McAdams won’t be the only familiar face from the first film who will be back on-screen. According to Deadline, besides Benedict Cumberbatch – Benedict Wong and Chiwetel Ejiofor are both expected to reprise their roles as the sorcerer Wong and Karl Mordo, respectively. Meanwhile, Elizabeth Olsen is set to appear as Scarlet Witch, aka Wanda Maximoff. The Baby-Sitters Club’s Xochitl Gomez also recently joined the cast of the film, which is expected to hit big screens in 2022.
Scott Derrickson was originally set to direct the follow-up to the 2016 film. He departed the project earlier this year due to creative differences, but Deadline reports he remains an executive producer on the film. Sam Raimi has since signed on as director.
A synopsis leaked last month hints at what fans can expect from the highly anticipated film — although they may have a little while still to wait. Production on Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is said to be beginning after Cumberbatch finishes filming on Spider-Man 3, where he is reported to be appearing as Doctor Strange. It looks like that film will be opening up the idea of the multiverse in a big, big way. A number of familiar faces are set to appear in the film, including, Alfred Molina as Dr. Octopus; Jamie Foxx as Electro, and Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire as Spider-Man.
Doctor Strange 2 is currently set for release on March 25th, 2022.