Although there has been a great deal of speculation and different short-lists making the rounds in regards to the role of Marvel’s Stephen Strange, those rumors can now be put to rest. Badass Digest is reporting that an official press release from Marvel Studios has named Benedict Cumberbatch as the actor that will embody Mavel’s Sorcerer Supreme when he makes his cinematic debut in late 2016.
The official release reads,
Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity,” said Producer Kevin Feige. “In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.
Strange is definitely one of Marvel’s more unique, but versatile characters. Having been a member of several different superhero teams, including the Avengers, he allows Marvel to open the proverbial door to an entirely new and untapped area of their universe: the mystical realm. Cumberbatch’s casting automatically creates some specific preconceived notions about how the character could be portrayed. Of course, Cumberbatch is an actor that’s also known for his versatility, and as the official release notes, he is very capable of projecting a great deal of range in the characters he portrays, and will likely be able to help define Strange as a living, breathing character much in the same way that Robert Downey, Jr. has done so for Iron Man.
Doctor Strange will be directed by Scott Derrickson (The Day the Earth Stood Still, Deliver Us From Evil) from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus, The Darkest Hour). It’s scheduled for release on November 4th, 2016. or more on this and other Marvel Phase Three titles as they develop, be sure to keep an eye on us!
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