After breaking into the Hollywood mainstream as the villainous Le Chiffre in Casino Royale, Mikkelsen has earned quite the reputation for his skills at playing complex and engaging baddies. Now it sounds like he might be adding another evil role to his resume.
According to Variety, Marvel is courting Mikkelsen to play a key villain in Sinister director Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange, set to begin production in Fall 2016. No details were released regarding which character the actor would play if he does join the film's cast (which, as of right now, includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton and Chiwetel Ejiofor among its members).
However, one feasible possibility is that Mikkelsen could take on the role of Dormammu, a Marvel comics book character and mystical being - one whose dark magical abilities even those of Doctor (Stephen) Strange's. The character has been appearing in Marvel Comics stories since 1964, most often facing off against Strange.
The idea of Mikkelsen playing Dormammu is pure speculation until Marvel makes an official announcement. Nevertheless, the studio is clearly determined to add Mikkelsen to the Marvel Cinematic Universe, as he was previously up for the role of Malekith in Thor: The Dark World and then rumored to play Doctor Strange himself prior to Cumberbatch's casting. Now that Hannibal's cancellation has cleared up his schedule going forward, expect Marvel to finally lock Mikkelsen down with a part in the MCU.
The fact that he was also recently announced as part of the cast for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story only underscores just how much Disney wants to work with the actor. Interestingly, Mikkelsen recently clarified that his role in that film isn't as a villain, according to Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet (via StarWars7News.com), though he declined to offer any additional details. Still, it makes sense for the actor to be able to demonstrate his range by not accepting the role of any given film's bad guy by default, regardless of how strong an onscreen villain he actually makes.
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Ant-Man is now playing in theaters; Captain America: Civil War opens May 6, 2016, followed by Doctor Strange on November 4, 2016; Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 on May 5, 2017; Spider-Man reboot on July 28, 2017; Thor: Ragnarok on November 3, 2017; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 1 on May 4, 2018; Black Panther on July 6, 2018; Captain Marvel on November 2, 2018; The Avengers: Infinity War Part 2 on May 3, 2019; and Inhumans on July 12, 2019.