Rachel McAdams set to return in 'Doctor Strange' sequel


Rachel McAdams is set to return to the Marvel Universe.

The actress closed a deal to reprise her character Dr. Christine Palmer in the sequel, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness.”

She will join Benedict Cumberbatch as he reprises the title role.

The news was first reported by Deadline and confirmed later in the day during Disney's Investor Day.

Other characters set to return include Benedict Wong and Chiwetel Ejiofor, who starred as fellow sorcerer Wong and Strange’s ally-turned-nemesis Karl Mordo, respectively, in the first film.

Elizabeth Olsen has been tapped to reprise her role as Scarlet Witch, aka Wanda Maximoff.

The film will see some new faces including “The Baby-Sitters Club” actress Xochitl Gomez as character America Chavez.

Other changes include Sam Raimi taking the directorial reins from Scott Derrickson, who was set to return after helming the 2016 film but left earlier this year citing creative differences with Marvel. He will continue to serve as executive producer.

Production for the film is expected to begin in May after Cumberbatch wraps up filming on the untitled third “Spider-Man,” where he also stars as Doctor Strange.

Not much is known about the sequel's plot, but the film will be piggy-back off of Disney+ series "Wandavision," which premieres in January. The trailer suggests the limited series will see Wanda (Olsen) exploring reality-warping powers, which will likely lead to the multiverse plot in the film.

Due to the pandemic, the theatrical release has been postponed until March 25, 2022.

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