Benedict Cumberbatch is Marvel's Doctor Strange

By Gerald Lynch on at

Sherlock, Khan, Smaug -- Benedict Cumberbatch is getting a taste for playing genre roles, isn't he? Adding to the list of well-loved characters the decendant of Alan Turing is to play is Marvel, which has just announced Cumberbatch will be taking on the role of Doctor Strange.

Rumoured for months and hinted at during Marvel's Phase 3 movie reveal bonanza, Cumberbatch has been odds-on to take the role from the start.

Hitting cinemas on November 4th, 2016. the film will be directed by Scott Derrickson with Jon Spaihts writing the screenplay. It will follow the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who is injured in a horrific car accident and "discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions".

It's definitely one of Marvel's more obscure, weirder characters, but this year's Guardians of the Galaxy proved that cinemagoers are willing to take a chance on lesser-known heroes, if done right. Whereas Guardians played to the strengths of its ensemble cast, Marvel has wisely pushed the boat out to ensure this most curious of solo characters had a well-respected, well loved thespian taking the leading role. [Marvel]

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