By Mandela Wells
Doctor Strange is begin to form a quite the cast. Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Rachel McAdams are all set to star in the picture. Now officially joining this cast is none other than Steve Jobs’s Michael Stuhlbarg. Stuhlbarg is currently in negotiations to jump on to this project and possible play the role of Nicodemus West, a “rival scientist of Strange.”
In the comic book, West was the very doctor who operated on Stephen Strange’s hands after he was involved in a car accident. The procedure left Strange with severe nerve damage, make it impossible for him to practice surgery. Feeling enormous guilt, West tracked Strange to The Ancient One’s Sanctorum in Tibet. After the Ancient one saw West was dealing with his own pain, he offered to teach him the mystic arts as he did for Strange. However, West left before he completed his studies, and his first attempt to heal somebody with magic resulted in their death. This led West to give up magic and take up a position as CEO at a pharmaceutical company, though he would call upon his magic once again to fight the Sorcerer Supreme in the miniseries Doctor Strange: The Oath.
It’s possible that this rivalry between the two characters in Doctor Strange will simply be a friendly one, and West will still be the one who does the work needed on Strange’s hands.
Michel Stuhlbarg other works outside of Steve Jobs include Arnold Rothstein in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire, Larry Gopnik in A Serious Man, and Griffin in Men in Black 3.
Doctor Strange will hits theaters on November 4, 2016.