Benedict Cumberbatch talks “thrilling” Doctor Strange role

The Sherlock and Hobbit star is "very excited" to get started on his new project as the Marvel comics character

Benedict Cumberbatch says he’s “really excited” about his latest role, as Marvel comics character Doctor Strange.

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The Imitation Game, Sherlock and The Hobbit star will play neurosurgeon-turned-sorcerer Stephen Strange – a part the 38-year-old has called a “thrilling gig” – in a film slated for release in late 2016.

“Really excited, you know?” he said when asked about the role at last night’s British Independent Film Awards.

“There’s a lot of work to be done and I’m just at the beginning so I don’t want to talk much about it, but it’s a thrilling gig to get. I just can’t wait. Very excited,” he told HeyUGuys.

Doctor Strange first appeared in a 1963 Marvel comic alongside the Human Torch.

The film – 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. 

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“Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity,” revealed producer Kevin Feige. “In 2016 Benedict will show audience what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.”