Benedict Cumberbatch is Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’
According to The Hollywood Reporter (THR), the earlier rumored Cumberbatch was officially announced by Marvel this Thursday to star as the titular lead to Marvel’s first take on the supernatural side of their Cinematic Universe, “Doctor Strange.”
“Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity, In 2016 Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character,” said Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige in his announcement Thursday.
Cumberbatch will be playing the Doctor turned Master of the Arcane Arts, Stephen Strange in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange.” Created by Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko, Doctor Strange made his first ever appearance in Strange Tales #110 in 1963. Originally a gifted surgeon, the egotistical Dr. Stephen Strange’s life changed when he got into a car accident that badly damaged the nerves of his hands. Seeking the help of the Ancient One to heal his hands, the surgeon turned sorcerer was then trained instead to be proficient in the verse of Mystic Arts, becoming Earth’s greatest and most powerful mystic and master of the arcane arts, the “Sorcerer Supreme, tasked to defend the realm against demons and mystical forces, such as Baron Mordo, Dormammu, Shuma-Gorath, the Undying Ones and Nightmare.
Marvel has made negotiations with Joaquin Phoenix to take on the role for a very long time, but negotiations have failed in early October. Many A-list celebs were rumored to take the part, including Jared Leto, Ryan Gosling, Tom Hardy, Ethan Hawke, Justin Theroux, Keanu Reeves and of course, Cumberbatch. The 38-year-old actor comes from a strong background in science-fiction and fantasy acting, which includes a starring role as Kahn in "Star Trek: Into Darkness," the voice of Smaug in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug" and Sherlock Holmes in the BBC series "Sherlock," where he is set to return next year. He’s most recent film appearances are in “The Imitation Game,” and DreamWorks Animation’s “The Penguins of Madagascar,” where he lent his voice to Classified, a gray wolf and team leader of the North Wind. He is also set to return for the next and last installment of the "Hobbit" trilogy, "The Hobbit: The Army of the Five Armies" where he will lend his voice to the dragon Smaug and the Necromancer.
Scott Derickson is tied to direct Marvel’s feature pic from a script by Jon Spaihts, which is scheduled for a theatrical release on July 8, 2016. “Doctor Strange” is scheduled to begin shooting in May 2015 at Pinewood-Shepperton studios in UK.
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