Scott Derrickson has signed on to direct Doctor Strange 2, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Derrickson directed and co-wrote the first film, which grossed $677.7 million worldwide in 2016 on a budget of $165 million.
The trade says that Marvel Studios will now begin the search for a writer to take on Doctor Strange 2. The plan is for the script to be developed in 2019 and for filming to begin in the spring of 2020. The sequel is currently eyeing a May 2021 release.
Benedict Cumberbatch will return to play Stephen Strange, as will Benedict Wong. Rachel McAdams and Chiwetel Ejiofor are likely to return as well in the anticipated sequel.
Strange was last seen disintegrating at the end of Avengers: Infinity War, though he is likely to reappear in Avengers: Endgame.
Marvel Studios‘ Doctor Strange is the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange, whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place—a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange—armed with newly acquired magical powers—is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence.