Marvel has cast Doctor Strange’s sidekick, Wong.
According to THR, Benedict Wong, best known for playing Kublai Khan in Netflix series Marco Polo and for putting in a memorable turn as a Jet Propulsion Laboratory director in The Martian, has been cast in the important role.
The comics depict Wong as the descendant of Chinese monk Kan, who ventured through a mystical black mirror into an other-dimensional realm and ended up being tricked into fighting a war against the Wizard Kings. In order to atone for his mistake, now back on Earth, Kan devotes his life and those of his first-born male descendants to helping mystics fighting for good. Which leads down the line to Wong, whose life is dedicated to the Ancient One (to be played by Tilda Swinton) from early childhood. Upon reaching adulthood, the Ancient One sends Wong to become the first member of his family to serve a mystic in America: Doctor Strange.
Wong’s profile on the Marvel wiki database describes him as “an athletic man with no superhuman powers.” While Wong goes without magical powers, he is able to incapacitate foes through the martial arts of Kamar-Taj.
Benedict Wong will be joining quite the formidable cast, which includes another Benedict (Cumberbatch), Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams, and Mads Mikkelsen.
Doctor Strange, directed by Sinister helmer Scott Derrickson, will be hitting the U.S. on November 4.