Benedict Cumberbatch set to play Marvel's Doctor Strange
Benedict Cumberbatch is set to take the role of Doctor Strange in Marvel's new big-budget adaptation.
According to Deadline, the actor is the studio's choice and is about to begin talks to finalise a deal.
A slew of high-profile actors were linked with the role 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.
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 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.