Mads Mikkelsen to star in Doctor Strange

Mads Mikkelsen is set to portray the main villain in Marvel's forthcoming movie 'Doctor Strange.'

Mads Mikkelsen to star in Doctor Strange

Mads Mikkelsen is set to star in Marvel's 'Doctor Strange.'

The Danish actor, 50 - who is known for playing Dr. Hannibal Lecter in the American psychological thriller television series 'Hannibal' - has been lined up to portray the main villain in the movie studio's latest creation.

Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, producer Kevin Feige explained: "We will take audiences through a sort of a guide to the multiverse, other dimensions, and there are amazing things out there - wonders that are going to be hopefully visually extremely interesting and unique to this movie.

"But there are also very scary things in these other dimensions. Mads' character is a sorcerer who breaks off into his own sect.

"[He] believes that the Ancient One is just protecting her own power base and that the world may be better off if we were to allow some of these other things through."

The Scott Derrickson-directed movie, which is due out in November 2016, will see Benedict Cumberbatch take the lead role of Doctor Strange after he fought off competition from Ethan Hawke and others to claim the coveted role.

Chiwetel Ejiofor has also been added to the cast as Baron Mordo, while Rachel McAdams has hinted she's keen to star in the movie as a female lead, as has Tilda Swinton.

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