Straight from The House of Ideas; it's official. Benedict Cumberbatch has been tapped to play Dr. Strange on the silver screen. It's long been rumored and guessed and postulated... but today Marvel announced on their home website that 'The Batch", as the 'Cumberbitches' call him, is their man.
In the announcement Kevin Feige says;
“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.”
The Emmy winning actor will presumably begin shooting with Director Scott Derickson (Sinister) soon as the release date is November 4, 2016. Cumberbatch has just begun his promo tours for The Imitation Game, where his take on math genius Alan Turing, the man who broke the Nazi's Enigma Code, has been getting glowing reviews.
The revelation couldn't come at a better time, as Cumberbatch is rolling in glory and gold as the covetous wurm Smaug in just two short weeks with the release of The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies.
This guy is everywhere. And he kicks ass at it, too. Each performance he gives, whether in mainstream cinema or the sci-fi/fantasy genre, is lauded with adoration. It's hard to think of a role he's done that we don't like.
Let's see... There's:
Khan Noonien Singh in Star Trek - Yep, Killed it.
Sherlock Holmes - Obviously perfect.
Smaug The Golden - Well, when a voice actor gets down on all fours and pretends to be a dragon? Give him the gold.
Peter Guillam in Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy? - Positively criminal.
He's also been playing The Creature AND Victor Frankenstein on the National Theater Live TV adaptation of Shelly's famous work. Shocking.
We all think of Dr. Strange as the eccentric, intelligent, mysterious, pompous, all-knowing Sorcerer Supreme. I'd say the casting was, shall we say... elementary?
Looks like Marvel's Phase 3 is going to better than Phase Two. And we didn't think it possible, did we?
With the confirmation should come a deluge of info on the movie, which up until now they have kept pretty cloudy. Several key characters need to be cast. I'm assuming they'll work The Ancient One in. He's a pivotal character in Stephen Strange's origin. Plus I'm hoping for Wong, his trusty companion and house-caretaker. Add in Mordo and Dormammu as the villains and you've got one excellent entry into Marvel's mysterious magical miasma.