After his breakthrough role in Sherlock as the modern day version of Sherlock Holmes, British leading man Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing the mystical neurosurgeon Doctor Strange in Marvel’s newest movie installment. In addition to Sherlock, Cumberbatch is best known for portrayal as WikiLeaks’ founder Julian Assange in The Fifth Estate (2013) and mathematician Alan Turing in The Imitation Game (2014). However, most movie goers would know Cumberbatch as Khan in Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013) and as the voice of Smaug the Dragon in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013).
First appeared in Marvel Comics’ 1963 Strange Tales issue #110, the live-action iteration of Doctor Strange took on a rather tumultuous path instead. There were even rumors of Wes Craven, best known for his horror films, directing the film. After talks with actor Joaquin Phoenix fell through recently, online rumor mills lit up with possible replacements, from Keanu Reeves to Nicholas Cage.
A continuation of the hugely popular Marvel Cinematic Universe franchise, expect the new Doctor Strange film to arrive in theaters on July 8, 2016.
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