Benedict Cumberbatch doesn't see Doctor Strange as a risk

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 6 January 2015
Benedict Cumberbatch

Benedict Cumberbatch

Hollywood star Benedict Cumberbatch doesn't see taking on the lead role in 'Doctor Strange' as a risk, because of the brilliance of Marvel

Benedict Cumberbatch doesn't think taking on the lead role in 'Doctor Strange' is a risk.

The 38-year-old actor was recently cast in the role and says he's confident the film will be a success, because of Marvel's ability to bring lesser-known characters to life.

He shared: "I don't think it's a risk because of Marvel.

"Marvel is a stable of bringing out ordinary comic characters and turning them into screen-like gods.

"It's very different, it's an Astral Plane. There's a huge new element to this Marvel universe that's going to be employed in building this story and this character.

"But you know, I'm really excited about it, about working with [director Scott Derrickson] whose imagination is endless, and all the boys and girls at Marvel who know what they're doing."

Cumberbatch, who confirmed he will begin shooting 'Doctor Strange' after appearing on the stage in 'Hamlet' and filming for the 'Sherlock' Christmas special in 2015, revealed he was never a big fan of comic books as a child.

However, he told The Wall Street Journal newspaper: "You can bet your bottom dollar I'm reading them now, avidly."

'Doctor Strange', which is set for release in November 2016, is also expected to feature Morgan Freeman and Bill Nighy.

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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