Marvel boss Kevin Feige confirmed that Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek: Into Darkness, The Imitation Game) will start filming for “Doctor Strange” this November.
According to Comic Book Movie, Feige confirmed the news during a press event for blogger, saying that he was “excited” about Cumberbatch’s portrayal of the Sorcerer Supreme.
The film will be led director by Scott Derrickson (Sinister), working with a script from Jon Spaihts (Prometheus).
Creators Stan Lee and Steve Ditko introduced Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange in the comic book Strange Tales #110 in 1963.
According to an official statement, the film will be firmly based on the comic book’s storyline.
Stephen Strange is a successful but arrogant neurosurgeon who loses his talents in a car accident.
Suffering from his loss, he is taken under the wing of a mystic wizard and is given special powers to defend the world from dark forces.
Previous casting choices included Jack Huston (American Hustle), Johnnny Depp (Mortdecai), and Keanu Reeves (John Wick).
Actor Joaquin Phoenix was one of the top contenders to play the role, reportedly having reached early negotations with Marvel.
The “Walk The Line” star declined the offer, opting to work with small productions instead.
Cumberbatch’s casting was officially announced late in 2014.
“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.” – Feige said in a statement from last year on Screen Rant . It will also feature co-stars Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years A Slave) as sorcerer Brother Voodoo, Simon Baker (The Mentalist) as Baron Mordo, and Juliet Ryalance (Sinister) as the film’s lead lady, Clea.
the character is expected to join the rest of the Earth’s mightiest in the “Avengers: Infinity War” movies.
“Doctor Strange” is scheduled to film at the Pinewood-Shepperton Studios.
After his solo film, the character is expected to join the rest of the Earth’s mightiest in the “Avengers: Infinity War” movies. The movie releases in theaters on Nov.