Benedict Cumberbatch Close To Signing On For ‘Doctor Strange’

By October 27, 2014

When the latest list of actors in contention to lead Marvel’s Doctor Strange made the rounds, I mentioned that I wasn’t sure Benedict Cumberbatch would be able to play the part because he’s already committed to starring in the fourth season of the awesome BBC series “Sherlock” and a stage version of “Hamlet,” which could be problematic with scheduling. But it looks like he and Marvel may have found a way to make it all work, because Deadline and Variety are both reporting that Cumberbatch is going to play the Sorcerer Supreme. (It should be noted, though, that this isn’t 100% official yet; also, Variety says BC is in “final talks” for the part, while Deadline claims “negotiations are about to begin.” Which is it?)

Cumberbatch has been a geek icon for years now thanks to “Sherlock” and roles in Star Trek Into Darkness and The Hobbit, and this should take his stardom to another level entirely. We’ll save further analysis for when the deal is officially confirmed (remember how close Joaquin Phoenix was to starring in this movie?), but it’s looking like Marvel has finally found their man. Doctor Strange doesn’t have an official release date scheduled yet, but it’s widely assumed that it’ll hit theaters on July 8th, 2016. The film will be directed by Scott Derrickson and written by Jon Spaihts.

What do you think about Cumberbatch in the lead role?

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  • Lil Dragon

    I like him as Sherlock but I really don’t want him for DS.