Benedict Cumberbatch to Play Doctor Strange

By Kevyn Cortez | 2 years ago
Benedict Cumberbatch to Play Doctor Strange

After a long period of finding out the perfect actor to play Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme, Marvel has finally found their perfect candidate, Benedict Cumberbatch. Read on for furtehr details.

Marvel has finally found their Dr. Strange in Cumberbatch. According to Deadline, the actor is in final negotiations to play Earth’s Sorcerer Supreme. Marvel has coveted actor Joaquin Phoenix for the role, but negotiations 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." 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” was created by Stan Lee and artist Steve Ditko and 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.

“Doctor Strange” is scheduled to begin shooting in May 2015 at Pinewood-Shepperton studios in UK for a scheduled release on July 8, 2016.

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