A new Benedict is joining Marvel’s Doctor Strange, playing the eponymous sorcerer’s sidekick.
Benedict Wong has been cast as Wong in the new film, opposite Benedict Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange, EW has confirmed. In the Marvel comics, the character is a Chinese monk, martial artist, and healer who loyally serves the Sorcerer Supreme.
Benedict Wong joins a cast that includes Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, and Mads Mikkelsen, among others. The film arrives in theaters on Nov. 4.
Director Scott Derrickson told EW last year that Doctor Strange aims to stay true to the psychedelic imagery of the original Marvel comics, by artist Steve Ditko and writer-editor Stan Lee. “I was always interested in the extreme mind-bending visuals of the comics,” Derrickson said, adding that he was “ambitious for the visuals, which were rooted in the comics, that movies haven’t done yet. And a lot of that goes back to the Ditko artwork and all that ’60s craziness you see in the comics.”
Wong most recently appeared on the big screen in Ridley Scott’s The Martian, playing a director of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He also plays Kublai Khan in Marco Polo on Netflix, and previously starred in Prometheus.
The Hollywood Reporter first reported the casting.