The search for a lead actor to take on the daunting role of Marvel’s supernatural hero Doctor Strange is finally over – Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast in the Marvel film which will tie-up with the Avengers universe.
The Sherlock and Star Trek: Into Darkness actor is said to have been the first-choice pick, according to Deadline, following rumours that Joaquin Phoenix, Ethan Hawke, Ewan McGregor, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey were in line for the role. Although no deal was ever in talks with any of the actors.
Scott Derrickson is directing Doctor Strange and Jon Spaihts is writing the script for the pic (the first draft was penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer). Doctor Strange was hatched by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko during that Marvel Comics heyday of the early 1960s. He’s a neurosurgeon who becomes Sorcerer Supreme, protecting Earth against magical and mystical threats with powers of sorcery, mysticism, and martial arts. Marvel’s Kevin Feige is producing.
Doctor Strange is expected to be released on July 8th 2016. More as we hear it.