We supposed we might get some Dr. Strange news tomorrow at the big Marvel Studios special event, but it looks like it may have broken early. Both Deadline and Variety are reporting that Benedict Cumberbatch is in “final negotiations” for the lead role in the assumed July 2016 release.
The actor comes in after talks with Joequin Phoenix ended. Scott Derrickson is directing a script by Jon Spaihts. Cumberbatch has achieved popularity first through his role as Sherlock Holmes on BBC’s Sherlock, then entering further into the pop culture conversation with a turn as Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness and as the voice (and believe it or not, motion captured face) of the dragon Smaug in The Hobbit films.
Dr. Strange is expected to have a darker, more horror bent from its horror-veteran director. The movie will fully introduce the world of magic into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, with the Sorcerer Supreme and his corner of that world considerably different from the science themes of an Iron Man or even a Captain America.
No direct announcement from Marvel Studios has been made, but we wouldn’t be surprised if this is at least part of Tuesday’s 11am Pacific event.