Hong Kong to be among locations for filming of Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange

Film based on Marvel Comics character begins production

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 25 November, 2015, 1:54pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 26 November, 2015, 6:18am

Hong Kong fans of Benedict Cumberbatch can rejoice as the British actor of Sherlock and The Imitation Game fame looks set to visit the city for his upcoming movie Doctor Strange.

Based on the Marvel Comics character who first appeared in July 1963, the big-screen adaptation will be shot in cities including London, New York, Hong Kong and Kathmandu, announced Marvel Studios on Wednesday.

Filming of the much-anticipated production began earlier this month and set photos of a bearded Cumberbatch surfaced in social media.

Doctor Strange 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. Chiwetel Ejiofor has been cast as his adversary, Baron Mordo.

The film is directed by Scott Derrickson and also stars Rachel McAdams, Michael Stuhlbarg, Mads Mikkelsen and Tilda Swinton, who plays Strange’s mentor, the Ancient One.

As one of the new titles in the so-called Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which consists of nine movies to be released over four years, Doctor Strange is currently set to open in American theatres on November 4, 2016.

Other upcoming titles on the Marvel calendar are Captain America: Civil War (May 6, 2016), Guardians of the Galaxy 2 (May 5, 2017) and Thor: Ragnarok (November 3, 2017).