Following on from the Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool report, another piece of Marvel Studios casting news today that essentially just acknowledges what has been known for some time – that Benedict Cumberbatch has finalised his deal to play Doctor Stephen Strange in Marvel Studios’ “Doctor Strange” movie.
The “Sherlock” and “The Imitation Game” star will play the neurosurgeon who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions and becomes the next Sorcerer Supreme who protects Earth against magical and mystical threats.
Joaquin Phoenix was sought for the role but dropped out earlier this year. Cumberbatch, who had always been a fan favorite for the part before Phoenix was linked to the role, was long rumored for the role and began talks in October.
Scott Derrickson is directing the film from a script by Jon Spaihts with a November 4th 2016 release planned.