It was reported ten days ago by The Wrap that Benedict Cumberbatch has been in the mix for the lead role in Marvel’s upcoming film, Doctor Strange. Deadline is now reporting that Marvel has chosen Cumberbatch for the role! As of right now Cumberbatch is in “final negotiations”. Marvel will not let Cumberbatch slip through their fingers. Many people know who Cumberbatch is, but this role will definitely make him a household name in the U.S.
Doctor Strange will be directed by Scott Derrickson. The script is currently being rewritten by Prometheus screenwriter Jon Spaihts, based on the original script written by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer.
In the comics, Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange was a neurosurgeon that damages his hands during an accident. He looks for a cure which leads him to the magical and mystical elements of the universe, where he later harnesses powers to become the Sorcerer Supreme – the primary protector of earth against magical and mythical threats.