In recent years Benedict Cumberbatch has played a number of iconic roles on both film and television. The star of ‘Sherlock’ who voices Smaug in ‘The Hobbit’ movies and controversially played Khan in ‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ as well as playing real life people like Julian Assange in ‘The Fifth Estate’ and Alan Turing in ‘The Imitation Game’ is to play Doctor Strange in Marvel’s long planned movie.
It was previously suggested that Colin Farrell and Keanu Reeves were in contention for the part, but it now appears that the studio has made a final decision.
Earlier today Deadline reported that negotiations had began with Benedict Cumberbatch, who was an early contender for the role of perhaps one of Marvel’s most complex characters. It had been thought that Cumberbatch was out of the running for the film due to his workload, but it has recently come to light that the movie is going to shoot later than originally planned.
Doctor Strange focuses on an ex-neurosurgeon who becomes the Sorcerer Supreme to defend Earth from magical and mystical threats.
It will be directed by Scott Derrickson from a script by Jon Spaihts and is set for a July 2016 release.