Benedict Cumberbatch has been officially confirmed as Doctor Strange.
Speculation has been rife for months that he was to take on the comic book role, with Tom Hardy and Joaquin Phoneix’s names also in the mix. But now Marvel confirms that The Imititation Game, Sherlock and The Hobbit star will play the neurosurgeon in a film slated for US release on 4th November 2016 with a UK date yet to be confirmed.
The story – written by Jon Spaihts and directed by Scott Derrickson – will chart Strange’s journey after a horrific car accident sees him discover the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions. Doctor Strange first appeared in a 1963 comic alongside the Human Torch.
“Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity,” says producer Kevin Feige (The Avengers, Thor, Guardians of the Galaxy). “In 2016 Benedict will show audience what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.”