After plenty of speculation, it looks as though Marvel has finally founds its Doctor Strange and it’s none other than British actor, Benedict Cumberbatch.
According to Deadline Hollywood, the 38-year-old British actor, who’s known for his portrayal of Sherlock Holmes in the hit BBC TV series, has signed on for the coveted role as Marvel’s Doctor Strange.
“Marvel has finally found its Doctor Strange,” they reveal. “I’m hearing Benedict Cumberbatch is the studio’s choice for the superhero pic, and negotiations are about to begin.”
Of course, Benedict Cumberbatch has been rumoured for the role since the very first hints that Doctor Strange would be heading to the big screen… but after negotiations broke down with Joaquin Phoenix, it seems that Marvel was forced to head back to the drawing board.
“With names like Jared Leto and Tom Hardy also in the mix, this is obviously a coveted role,” they explain. “I expect this deal to make.”
If you ask me, it seems like a rather obvious choice… after all, with Oscar-chasing performances such as his portrayal of Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, he certainly continues to prove his acting chops.
But will Cumberbatch sign on the dotted line?
If this Marvel deal goes ahead, I think it’s safe to say that we can rule Cumberbatch out of those rumoured appearances in Star Wars VII – unless he happens to snag a minor cameo role courtesy of J.J. Abrams. After all, Doctor Strange is likely to become an integral part of the Avengers after the events of Age of Ultron. And that means a rather lengthy Marvel contract.
Is Benedict Cumberbatch the right man for the role? He’s certainly a force to be reckoned with. But for now, we’ll have to wait and see.
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