Benedict Cumberbatch cast in Doctor Strange

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 5 December 2014
Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch

British actor Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast in Marvel's 'Doctor Strange', which is due out in 2016

Benedict Cumberbatch will play the lead role in Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'.

The 38-year-old star has been linked to the coveted role for the last few months and his casting has now been officially confirmed by Kevin Feige, the President of Marvel Studios.

Kevin, 41, explained: "Stephen Strange's story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity. In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character."

Doctor Strange is a powerful sorcerer, who is responsible for protecting the Earth against mystical threats.

Over the last few months, a number of Hollywood's biggest names have been linked to the part, including Tom Hardy, Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor.

The new movie, which is being directed by Scott Derrickson - who directed 'The Exorcism of Emily Rose' - is set for release in October 2016.

Despite achieving major success in Hollywood, with films such as 'The Imitation Game' and 'Star Trek Into Darkness', Benedict recently insisted he has no plans to quit the popular BBC TV series 'Sherlock', in which he plays the role of the detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

He said: "If we can keep the quality up, I can't imagine that I will ever get tired of being Sherlock. I'd love to play him as an old man.

"I really, really love my job. I love sets. I love crews. I love theatres. I love audiences."

Doctor Strange

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 1h 55min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Scott Derrickson
  • Written by: Steve Ditko, Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, Jon Spaihts
  • Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams
  • UK release: 28 October 2016

When brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch) gets his hands mangled in a car crash, he visits Kathmandu to be reborn under the mystic tutelage of the Ancient One (Swinton). A blast: fresh performances from Cumberbatch and Swinton power a dynamic script with well-measured puns and even a little…

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