September 18, 2020

C. Robert Cargill reveales Jessica Chastain Story

Before joining 20th Century’s X-Men franchise, actress Jessica Chastain was offered a rather nice role in Doctor Strange. In a latest podcast stop, Doctor Strange screenwriter C. Robert Cargill divulged Chastain was initially up for the role of Christine Palmer, a role that ultimately went to Rachel McAdams. According to Cargill, Chastain chucked the role because she was interested in playing a caped superhero. Not long after Doctor Strange entered theaters, Chastain boarded Fox’s Dark Phoenix as a shape-shifting alien named Vuk.

Jessica Chastain
Jessica Chastain

“This is the interesting thing that Hollywood’s starting to find out, is that a lot of the actresses out there want to be superheroes as much as the actors do,” Cargill said on Junkfood Cinema. “I know this happened with Scott [Derrickson]. He went to Jessica Chastain to get her on Doctor Strange, because we were considering her. She’s like, ‘Hey, look, this project sounds awesome, and I would love to do it. But I’m only going to get one shot at being in a Marvel film and becoming a Marvel character; and I trained in ballet, and I really want to wear a cape.’”

Cargill called it the coolest rebuff ever, adding the actress “wanted to be in a Marvel movie, but she wanted to be the superhero, not the badass doctor Night Nurse.”

McAdams’ Palmer functioned in a Night Nurse-like capacity in Doctor Strange but apparently won’t be reappearing in Doctor Strange 2, per previous rumors. Speaking of reports, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is presently on track to begin filming this June, all things considered. Marvel insiders have indicated that the company is still acting on pre-production remotely in spite of all production halting.

Doctor Strange is now streaming on Disney+.

Other upcoming MCU movies include The Eternals on November 6, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings on February 12, 2021, Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness on May 7, 2021, Thor: Love and Thunder on November 5, 2021, and Black Panther 2 on May 6, 2022. Black Widow has yet to set a new release date after being delayed indefinitely.

Ethan Hawke, Jason Blum, Scott Derrickson, and C. Robert Cargill at an event (2012)
Ethan HawkeJason BlumScott Derrickson, and C. Robert Cargill at an event for Sinister (2012)

Christopher Robert Cargill (born September 8, 1975) is an American screenwriter, novelist, podcast host, and former film critic known under the pseudonyms Massawyrm (on Ain’t It Cool News) and Carlyle (on Cargill currently resides in AustinTexas with his wife.

Having wanted to be a fiction writer from a young age, Cargill considered every film he reviewed and its feedback as a learning experience. According to an interview with The Austin Chronicle he compared it to “a strenuous, endless crash course—maybe even a master class—in what does and doesn’t work in a story.” The idea for his first film came to fruition when he met up with a fan and friend Scott Derrickson at a bar in Las Vegas where he pitched his idea for Sinister. Derrickson, showing great interest in this concept, contacted producer Jason Blum who particularly liked the simplicity of the concept and understood the urge to make it as fast as possible before it could be made by anyone else. Shooting of the movie started in September 2011, 6 months after and was first screened at South by Southwest. In an interview with, Cargill stated that his days as a film critic were over for the time being due to his success and dedication to his new-found career path. “I may pop in every once in a while and write up reviews, but ever since I was a child, I’ve wanted to be a fiction writer, and now I have the chance to do it in both formats that I am in love with.”

On the 26th of February 2013, Cargill released his first novel, Dreams and Shadows, an urban fantasy story of folklore and mythology, which also follows three modern characters from childhood to adulthood.

Both Cargill and Derrickson returned as writers for Sinister 2 (2015), which was directed by Ciaran Foy.

Both writers are also working on a movie adaptation of the Deus Ex video games. Cargill and Derrickson will also team up to write the script for The Outer Limits, a movie based on the influential 1960s television show of the same name. The film, produced by MGM, will be adapted from a single episode of the classic show, “Demon with a Glass Hand.”

Cargill, along with Derrickson and Jon Spaihts, worked on the script for Marvel’s film Doctor Strange (2016)

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