It seems there really is only one name on the casting sheet for any director hoping to make a movie about a darkly charismatic science guy with an enviable mind. Come in, Benedict Cumberbatch, your next boffin awaits!
The Sherlock star has been confirmed by Marvel as the lead in their latest comic book adaptation, the magical, mystical Doctor Strange, which is due to hit theaters in November 2016. It’s the story of a neurosurgeon, Stephen Strange, who suffers a terrifying accident on the road, and discovers a pathway into alternate dimensions and the healing power of magic.
In making the announcement, the film’s producer Kevin Feige said they needed someone who could portray those moments of frailty and weakness, as well as the mystical powers the good Doctor goes on to develop: “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.”
And of course, he’s crossing the Anglo fan streams a bit here too, what with his character being an enigmatic inter-dimensional Doctor with special powers, and that whole sorcery angle as covered by Harry Potter.
Heck, all Marvel would need to do is have him do battle with Tom Hiddleston’s Loki (as the comic book Doctor Strange has), and we may as well start forming lines outside the theaters now.
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