Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton to meet Hong Kong fans ahead of Doctor Strange release

Marvel Comics adaptation was partly filmed in the city, which is first stop on promotional tour for the movie about a surgeon who loses his hands in an accident and discovers a world of sorcery

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 September, 2016, 2:04pm
UPDATED : Monday, 19 September, 2016, 2:04pm

Doctor Strange stars Benedict Cumberbatch and Tilda Swinton will hit Hong Kong in mid-October to promote the superhero movie, Marvel Studios announced on Monday. The film’s director, Scott Derrickson, will also be in Hong Kong to greet film fans.

That Hong Kong has been chosen as the first stop on the promotional tour for Doctor Strange is far from an arbitrary decision: the highly anticipated adaptation, based on a Marvel Comics character who first appeared in July 1963, was shot on location in Hong Kong and other cities including London, New York and Kathmandu.

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It tells the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch) who, after losing the use of his hands in a horrific car accident, discovers a hidden world of sorcery. Tilda Swinton – in a controversial casting decision that has caused outrage – plays Strange’s mentor, the Ancient One, originally a Tibetan man in the comic.

Doctor Strange is scheduled to open in Hong Kong cinemas on October 27 – a week before its American release on November 4.