Over the past few weeks there have been all sorts of names added to the list of possibilities to play Dr Strange, Marvel’s latest journey into the weird and wonderful. However, after names like Keanu Reeves, Colin Farrell, Jared Leto and Ethan Hawke had all been rumored, it appears that Marvel are finally closing in on their actor of choice.
Those following Dr Strange will know that Joaquin Phoenix had been in the running for months, and it was expected that he would take on the role, and fans would have been happy. However, just last month Phoenix sadly pulled out of negotiations, leaving the role of Dr Strange open once more. Fans looked at the names already hinted, and I bet the majority of those fans were hoping for Benedict Cumberbatch to be next in line (I was!).
Well, it would appear that prayers have been answered as Cumberbatch isnow reportedly in final talks to play the role of Dr Strange, and Deadline who broke the news feel confident that Cumberbatch will take on the role. They report that Cumberbatch is Marvel’s final choice for the role, and that negotiations are about to begin.
The film is being penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, with Jon Spaihts writing the latest script, and will be directed by Scott Derrickson.
The comicbook revolved around a former neurosurgeon who serves as the “Sorcerer Supreme” — the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Strange made his first appearance in the 1963 comicbook series “Strange Tales” and would go on to have his own comicbook series and would appear in several other comicbooks that included “The Fantastic Four,” “Spider-Man” and “Nick Fury.”
Dr Strange is a former neurosurgeon who, after a car accident, loses the ability to use his hands. After exhausting every option to restore his health, Strange locates “the Ancient One” in the Himalayas who reluctantly teaches him the mystic arts. In comics, Doctor Stephen Strange is the “sorcerer supreme” of the Marvel Universe. As such, he is the gateway to an aspect of Marvel comics stories that hasn’t really been explored on film in the current set of Marvel movies.