Not to be outdone by… themselves… Marvel officially announced Thursday evening that Benedict Cumberbatch has been cast as the titular character in Doctor Strange. The Marvel Studios film, directed by Scott Derrickson, is set for a November 4, 2016 release.
The movie features “the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions,” as described in Marvel’s release about the casting, confirming that this is Strange as we see him in the comics.
“Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity,” said Producer and Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige in the press release. “In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.”
Cumberbatch has become a genre superstar while also playing dense dramatic roles. He played Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness, the dragon Smaug in The Hobbit films, and balances those roles as the star of BBC’s Sherlock, and roles like Alan Turing in The Imitation Game.