We will eat our words now. Due to Benedict Cumberbatch’s busy schedule, we said it would be nearly impossible that Marvel will cast the British actor as the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange. He was one of the first names suggested to play the character, alongside Tom Hardy.
But when it comes to Marvel, it seems like the “Sherlock” star might just squeeze some time in to become a superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Deadline is now reporting that Benedict Cumberbatch is indeed going to play Doctor Strange and he is in final negotiations with the studio to take up the lead role.
The results came after months of speculation surrounding the casting of Doctor Strange, with Joaquin Phoenix emerging as Marvel’s top choice to play the Sorcerer Supreme. However, although he did enter the final talks for lead role, the negotiations eventually fell apart and the “Her” star will not be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
And the casting was back to square one. During the speculation period, “Matrix” actor Keanu Reeves and Jared Leto are some of the actors that were suggested to take up the lead role. Obviously, Marvel Studios did not respond to any of the rumours as they are now trying to lock down Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange.
Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” feature film is currently in development as part of “Phase Three” of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. It was reported that the studio has dated the film’s release for 8th July 2016. The production team is all set to move to Shepperton, UK before the unconfirmed shoot date in May 2015.
“Deliver Us From Evil” director Scott Derrickson will direct “Doctor Strange” while Prometheus screenwriter Jon Spaihts will rewrite the script. The plot has not been confirmed yet but the film would be a doorway to the “mind-trippy” supernatural side of Marvel’s Universe, where the evil forces of the inter-dimensional demon Dormammu and Baron Mordo could be the potential villains for the film.
So, what are your thoughts on this? Do you think Benedict Cumberbatch will be a great Doctor Strange? Who else do you think should take up the lead role? Sound off in the comments box below!