Back in June it was rumoured that Benedict Cumberbatch was one of the frontrunners for the title role in Marvel’s Doctor Strange. However since then talk of him for the part have been supplanted by a long list of other actors from Ryan Gosling to Ethan Hawke to Jake Gyllenhaal to Jared Leto.
However now Benedict has leapfrogged them all and bagged the role, as he is officially in talks for the role, with most expecting him to sign on shortly. It’s believed that previously there were difficulties with Cumberbatch’s schedule, but now that Marvel has pushed back the shoot a little, it’s easier for him to squeeze the film in.
Doctor Strange is a former neurosurgeon, a practicing sorcerer, and serves as the Sorcerer Supreme, the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats.
Scott Derrickson is set to direct the movie, with a July 8th, 2016 release date set.
While Cumberbatch fans will no doubt be happy, it will also have them wondering whether this makes more episodes of Sherlock less likely.