Earlier this month it was reported that Rachel “has been offered the female lead in Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange”. Rachel was asked about this during her press rounds for “Southpaw” and confirmed to Amy Kaufman from Los Angeles Times that “it’s still super-early days, and I don’t know where that’s gonna go, if it’s gonna go anywhere at all”. Over these past few days new reports have been published, most of them don’t report anything new other than the fact that Rachel confirmed the rumors herself, but a few new reports surfaced. First of all: Variety is now reporting that “sources tell Variety that McAdams is the choice to land the female lead”. Secondly, The Wrap reported Jeff Sneider revealed on twitter that Rachel has indeed an offer. Finally – and this is probably the most interesting part – Kaufman, who interviewed Rachel for the LA Times, now also released Rachel’s full statement:
“That’s sort of super early days and I don’t know where that’s gonna go, if it’s gonna go anywhere at all. I’m certainly not a comic book snob. I really enjoy them and reading them, I think the Doctor Strange franchise is really interesting and Benedict is amazing. And I love graphic novels. I love that they are coming to light. I always wanted to make ‘Black Orchid.’ It’s a tough one But the fact that Doctor Strange is happening makes me think there’s hope for more Neil Geiman out there.”
Fun fact #1: This is not the first time Rachel talked about Neil Gaiman’s Black Orchid (who is not part of the Marvel universe) back in 2008 she also expressed her interest. Back then she told the reporter: “She’s [Black Orchid] a superhero that’s a flower. I don’t know if that would work or the audiences would be interested in that, but she was kind of cool. I would love to play a female superhero. I do love graphic novels and I just think it’s just an exciting thing happening. Some of them are so beautiful.”
Fun fact #2: After the 2010 Oscars, Neil Gaiman wrote a column about inspecting Rachel’s beautiful dress for footprints. You can find it at our anecdotes information page, it’s definitely a fun read!
Since it’s such an anticipated project there have been many speculations about what role Rachel has been offered, including reports by ComingSoon.net and CinemaBlend.com. To sum-up: There seems to be truth to the reports of Marvel offering Rachel the female lead opposite “Benedict Cumberbatch” but nothing is officially yet and we think this full statement/quote of Rachel shows she is a comic-book/graphic novel fan herself.
Update – July 30: Turns out Neil Gaiman thinks Rachel as Black Orchid is a “brilliant idea” and also says “I’d watch it! She’s a great actress” (via #1 + #2).
The 72nd Venice International Film Festival just unveiled it’s official selection for this year’s film festival and it was just announced that “Spotlight” is part of their line-up. The movie will screen out of competition.
THOMAS MCCARTHY – SPOTLIGHT
Michael Keaton, Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams, Stanley Tucci, Liev Schreiber, Brian d’Arcy James
The festival runs from September 2-12 and for more information about the festival be sure to head over to their official website. It was announced yesterday that the movie will have it’s international premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
The Toronto International Film Festival just announced the first batch of titles for this year’s line-up and it was announced that “Spotlight” got selected for the festival. The movie will be part of Special Presentations and it will be an International Premiere (which indicates that it’s very likely the movie will screen at the Venice Film Festival, as previously reported).
Plot: Mark Ruffalo, Rachel McAdams and Michael Keaton star in this true story about a team of Boston Globe reporters who uncovered a massive scandal of child abuse and cover-ups within the local Catholic Church.
Runtime: 126 minutes
Principal Cast: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber, John Slattery, Stanley Tucci, Brian d’Arcy James, Billy Crudup
The festival runs from September 10-20 and for more information be sure to head over to the festival’s official website.
Mark Ruffalo attended the Giffoni Film Festival in Italy earlier this week and received the Giffoni Experience Award. Various Italian sources – including Fare Film – are reporting that he revealed his next movie “Spotlight” is selected for this year’s Venice Film Festival. THR also confirms the reports:
Ruffalo can next be seen in Tom McCarthy’s Spotlight, with Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber and Michael Keaton, about how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive cover-up of child molestation within the Catholic church. He hinted the film will screen in the upcoming Venice Fim Festival in September.
The 72nd edition of the festival runs from September 2-12 and the official line-up will be announced next Wednesday, July 29th. Let’s hope the movie is indeed heading to Venice.
Rachel has been busy this week with the promotion for “Southpaw” and she will continue her press tour next week. Headline Planet is reporting that Rachel is expected to make an appearance on Good Morning America and The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon next week.
Good Morning America, ABC
Thursday, July 23 – Actress Rachel McAdams (“Southpaw”); actress Ashley Benson (“Pixels”); “Deals and Steals” with contributor Tory Johnson; Robin Roberts previews her special “Countdown to the 2015 Special Olympics with Robin Roberts” airing tonight on ESPN
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, NBC
Friday, July 24: Rachel McAdams, Michael Pena and Robert Klein.
We will edit this post when more TV appearances are announced. Check your local listings for the time and be sure to come back later for our coverage of Rachel’s appearance.
Umberto Gonzalez from Heroic Hollywood is reporting that Rachel has been offered the female lead in Marvel’s upcoming “Doctor Strange” movie. Comic Book is speculating Rachel is most likely offered the part of Clea.
Just in time for Comic Con. Some Marvel news to drop before the con gets going.
According to my sourcing here in Los Angeles, the rumor I’m hearing is that Rachel McAdams, currently starring in the second season of True Detective, has been offered the female lead in Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange. Scott Derrickson is directing the film based on the screenplay by Jon Sphaits. Benedict Cumberbatch is headlining as the Sorcerer Supreme.
Stay tuned as more develops and I will update the story as I find out more.
Before he met the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange was an unlikeable egotistical neurosurgeon. Everything changes when a car accident limits Strange’s use of his hands, sending him on a maddening quest for a miracle cure. This origin story introduces the magical and mystical realms of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Doctor Strange is scheduled to be released in theaters next year on November 4, 2016.
Keep in mind it’s just a rumor but we hope we might get some confirmation soon. Some fun facts: This is not the first time Rachel has been reportedly offered a lead part in a Marvel movie. She was reportedly Jon Favreau first choice for Pepper Potts in 2008’s Iron Man. Another fun fact: The “Doctor Strange” script is written by Jon Sphaits, who also wrote “Passengers” – A movie Rachel was attached to last year before she dropped out.
Rachel attended yesterday’s Toast The Coast event in Vancouver alongside actress Jane Fonda to celebrate Canada’s coastline and raising awareness of the environmental issues surrounding oil drilling and pipelines. Greenpeace started the pledge site SaveTheArtic.org and they are aiming for 10.000 pledges. While the main focus of our site is supporting Rachel’s career, we are more than happy to help her raise awareness for this movement. If you want to know more information be sure to head over to SaveTheArtic.org or Greenpace.org. The Time also published an essay by Jane Fonda earlier this month in which she explains why she is saying no to arctic drilling by Shell.
Metro Canada – Hundreds of people gathered at Jericho Beach at dusk on Saturday for Toast the Coast, a Greenpeace event to pay homage to the beautiful shoreline and to oppose oil pipelines and tankers that could put it at risk. Actors Jane Fonda and Rachel McAdams added their star power to the event. Both are opposed to Shell drilling in the Arctic.
Rachel has joined the Toast The Coast movement in Vancouver (Canada). Dot Dot Dash shared an instagram post of Rachel having dinner alongside Jane Fonda and Melina Laboucan-Massimo last night. Toast The Coast is an initiative from Greenpeace Canada to celebrate Canada’s coastline and raising awareness of the environmental issues surrounding oil drilling and pipelines. For more information about the event be sure to head over to ToastCoast.org and use the #toastthecoast hashtag on social media to spread awareness.
Looks like the second season of “True Detective” finally wrapped up filming. There are several mentions of cast and crew members from yesterday at the wrap party at Yamashiro Hollywood in Los Angeles. Actresses Emily Rios is one of the people sharing wrap party photos. She shared a photobooth photo on her official twitter account. Rios who will reportedly play Betty Chessani. Filming for the series began early November of last year in the Los Angeles area. Justin Lin is the only confirmed director so far, but Janus Metz Pedersen, Miguel Sapochnik, and Daniel Attias are also listed as directors on IMDB. Rachel stars in the anticipated second season alongside Vince Vaugh, Colin Farrell, and Taylor Kitsch. The second season will premiere on June 21st 9PM on HBO.
The 2015 Cannes Film Festival has announced part of their official line-up earlier today. It was announced that Rachel’s upcoming animated movie “The Little Prince” is selected for the festival. It will screen out of competition. The movie is directed by Mark Osborne and the running time is 1h48 according to the official website. Wild Bunch, who handles international sales, is reporting the following plot:
Long synopsis: Rediscover one of the most beloved stories of all time. From Mark Osborne, Academy Award® nominated director of Kung Fu Panda, comes the first-ever animated feature film adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s iconic masterpiece, The Little Prince. At the heart of it all is The Little Girl, who’s being prepared by her mother for the very grown-up world in which they live – only to be interrupted by her eccentric, kind-hearted neighbor, The Aviator. He introduces his new friend to an extraordinary world where anything is possible. A world that he himself was initiated into long ago by The Little Prince. It’s here that The Little Girl’s magical and emotional journey into her own imagination – and into the universe of The Little Prince – begins.
Cast: Rachel McAdams, Marion Cotillard, James Franco, Jeff Bridges, Mackenzie Foy, Paul Rudd, Benicio Del Toro, Paul Giamatti, Albert Brooks, Bud Cort, Ricky Gervais
The festival runs from May 13-May 24. We hope Rachel and the rest of the cast is able to attend the festival!
The 65th Berlin International Film Festival announced more titles of it’s upcoming film festival line-up and Rachel’s upcoming film “Every Thing Will Be Fine” will make it’s world premiere during the festival. The movie will screen out of competition. Writer/director Wim Wenders will receive the Homage 2015 Golden Bear during the festival.
Every Thing Will Be Fine
Germany / Canada / France / Sweden / Norway
By Wim Wenders (PINA, Wings of Desire, The American Friend)
With James Franco, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Rachel McAdams, Marie-Josée Croze
World premiere – Out of competition
THR is reporting that Warner Bros. Germany has the rights to the movie in Germany and Mongrel Media in Canada. HanWay Films is handling international sales at Berlin’s European Film Market. The festival runs from from February 5-15.
The production company Neue Road Movies released the following press release:
Wim Wenders’ new feature film, EVERY THING WILL BE FINE, along with its star cast, will be celebrating its World Premiere in Official Selection of the Berlin International Film Festival 2015 (*out of competition). The director, who has received three Oscar© nominations (BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB; PINA; THE SALT OF THE EARTH), has decided to make another 3D film, after his hit dance film PINA, and explores the development of three-dimensional possibilities of expression for the first time in an intimate family drama.
Starring: James Franco (OZ THE GREAT AND POWERFUL; SPRING BREAKERS), Charlotte Gainsbourg (I’M NOT THERE; NYMPHOMANIAC), Rachel McAdams (MIDNIGHT IN PARIS; A MOST WANTED MAN), Marie-Josée Croze (THE BARBARIAN INVASIONS; THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY). Producer: Gian-Piero Ringel (Oscar© nomination for PINA), DoP: Benoît Debie, Director of Stereography: Joséphine Derobe, Film score: Alexandre Desplat.