“Sherlock” star Benedict Cumberbatch discusses his upcoming Marvel film, “Doctor Strange.” “Excited.
Really excited,” the actor responded when asked by Hey U Guys (via The Hollywood Reporter ) what it was like since he has been cast as the Sorcerer Supreme.
“There’s a lot of work to be done and I’m just at the beginning of it all so I’m not going to talk too much about it but it’s a thrilling gig to get,” the actor said in a statement when he attended last year’s British Independent Film Awards.
“I just can’t wait,” he added.
The “Imitation Game” actor will begin his multi-picture contract with Marvel when he starts shooting in November this year.
Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige says “Doctor Strange” is “a classic Marvel origin story because he’s got one of the best origins ever.” “It’s our opportunity to take that left turn into the supernatural,” he told Screen Rant . “Now, what is the definition of supernatural? It varies.
We like the idea of playing with alternate dimensions.” Unlike Peter Gunn’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” which plot didn’t follow source material, Cumberbatch’s first Marvel movie will be based on the comic book. “The title character, real name Stephen Strange, is a successful and arrogant neurosurgeon who loses his abilities in a car crash,” as we have previously reported .
“A wizard takes him under his wing, training and giving him mystic powers to defend the Earth from dark forces.” Before Cumberbatch landed the role, several A-list stars were rumored to be in the running to play the “Sorcerer Supreme.” Keanu Reeves (John Wick), Johnny Depp (Black Mass), Jack Huston (American Hustle), and Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) were all considered to play the main character.
Joaquin Phoenix was reportedly reached negotiations with Marvel, but declined to sign a multi-picture contract.
Confirmed cast members include Chiwitel Ejiofor, Simon Baker, Juliet Rylance, and Daniel Bruhl.
“Doctor Strange” is slated for a Nov.
4, 2016 release date.