That sound you hear is a collective Geekgasm around the internet, because Variety and Deadline is reporting that Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hobbit) is in talks to star as the title characters for Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Scott Derrickson will be directing the movie and there has already been a fair share of rumors about the role. Colin Ferrell, Johnny Depp, Joaquin Phoenix, Keanu Reeves have all been rumored for the role. So anybody breathing in Hollywood that had a mustache has been rumored. If this story is true, very cool stuff!
The film has not yet been officially dated, but Marvel is said to be eyeing a 2016 release.
Cumberbatch would play Stephen Vincent Strange, a former neurosurgeon who becomes the next Sorcerer Supreme and primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Marvel Comics vets Stan Lee and Steve Ditko co-created the character in 1963.
Marvel has teased Strange in several films, including “Thor” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” The character fits in with the cinematic universe Marvel is building, with Strange having paired up with Thor and the Avengers, along with Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four to battle enemies in its comicbooks.