Marvel confirms Benedict Cumberbatch will play Doctor Strange
Marvel have finally confirmed that Sherlock and Star Trek Into Darkness star Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast as Doctor Strange.
The studio ended weeks of speculation by finally confirming Cumberbatch's casting last night (December 4th).
Speaking about Cumberbatch's casting, Marvel producer Kevin Feige said: "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.”
A slew of high-profile actors were linked with the role of Doctor Strange after Joaquin Phoenix, who had been in talks with Marvel, ended discussions about the role.
Jake Gyllenhaal, Oscar Isaac, Ewan McGregor, Jared Leto, Colin Farrell, Ryan Gosling, Ethan Hawke and Matthew McConaughey were just some of the other names linked with the role before Marvel finally settled on Cumberbatch.
Scott Derrickson, best known for directing The Exorcism Of Emily Rose, Sinister and this year's Deliver Us From Evil, has signed up to direct Doctor Strange. Jon Spaihts is currently working on the script. The film is currently scheduled to be released in November of 2016.
Doctor Strange is a former neurosurgeon who serves as the Sorcerer Supreme, he is the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats and possesses a number of great powers.