Doctor Strange 2 has been forced to delay filming in the UK, due to an increase in coronavirus cases.
The Marvel movie, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the neurosurgeon turned sorcerer, had began production on its follow-up film, but castmember Elizabeth Olsen has confirmed that filming has now been temporarily stopped.
She is currently in the UK to work on Doctor Strange 2, but explained during a recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that production has halted due to hospitals in the UK becoming ‘overwhelmed’.
Elizabeth is reprising her role as the Scarlet Witch in the sequel, titled Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness, and was quizzed by Jimmy over how filming has been so far.
She couldn’t give away too many details, but did reveal that filming has now been postponed, telling the show host: ‘Since the hospitals are overwhelmed here, we can’t go back to work until that calms down.’
‘So yeah, just safely hanging out here and really grateful to be working. Disney has kept my busy during quarantine,’ Elizabeth said.
News of the shut down comes as England has been plunged into its third lockdown in response to a new strain of Covid-19 spreading rapidly.
Strict restrictions have seen schools, gyms, non-essential shops closed, as well as hospitality venues such as pubs, restaurants and cafes. People are required to stay at home, work from home where possible, and are banned from mixing socially with anyone from outside their household.
Trying to sum up the national lockdown for US viewers, Elizabeth said: ‘It’s the second lockdown I’ve experienced in three months in London. I think what it really means is that people can’t buy alcohol from pubs and walk around and socialise, no one is really listening to anything anyway here.
‘People don’t wear masks outside and anywhere people can gather outside with a take away pint, they do. I think they’re just taking away the liquor and everything else is more or less the same.’
Doctor Strange 2 is currently set for release in 2022 and is being directed by Spider-Man’s Sam Raimi, with fans speculating that Ryan Reynolds and Spider-Man actors Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield could also be in the cast, thanks to a Google slip up.
Nothing has yet been confirmed, although Doctor Strange fans are expected to see the character in a Spider-Man 3 crossover, as it’s he will appear as Peter Parker’s new mentor, following Tony Stark’s death in Avengers: End Game.
Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness is set to drop in 2022.
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