EXCLUSIVE: Xochitl Gomez is going from The Baby-Sitters Club to the Marvel Cinematic Universe as We are hearing Gomez has joined the cast of Marvel’s Doctor Strange In The Multiverse Of Madness. Benedict Cumberbatch returns to reprise the role of Doctor Strange with Sam Raimi taking over directing duties.
Marvel had no comment.
Benedict Wong and Chiwetel Ejiofor are also expected to reprise their roles from the original film as, respectively, fellow sorcerer Wong and Strange’s compatriot-turned-nemesis Karl Mordo. And Elizabeth Olsen has been tapped to reprise her role as Scarlet Witch, aka Wanda Maximoff, for a storyline that Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige has said will link up with her Disney Plus series “WandaVision,” which will debut in December.
Plot details and what character Gomez will be playing are unknown at this time. Production will begin once Cumberbatch finishes filming on the next Spider-Man pic, where Cumberbatch will also be playing Doctor Strange.
Raimi replaces original director Scott Derrickson, who Variety reported on Jan. 9 had officially departed the project due to creative differences. Derrickson will remain as an executive producer. Raimi, meanwhile, will need to get up to speed before the film’s scheduled production start date in May.
This would mark Gomez’s firs role in a studio tentpole after landing one of the leads in Netflix’s reboot of the classic book series The Baby-Sitter’s Club. Other credits include Roped and Shadow Wolves. She is repped by Savage Agency.
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