Benedict Cumberbatch Back in Talks to Be Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'
After being in the running for the role of Doctor Strange this past summer, and then falling away for a few months, "Sherlock" and Star Trek Into Darkness star Benedict Cumberbatch is now in talks with Marvel to take the lead role in their Phase Three film. Previously, Joaquin Phoenix was the top pick, but a deal wasn't finalized. Marvel has been considering various names since then, and right now they're just trying to figure out if they can work around Cumberbatch's schedule in order to get him in the film directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister) and written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). That's some positively great news!
Ewan McGregor was the most recent name to be tied to the role, but there were other actors in the running as well like Jared Leto, Oscar Isaac, Matthew McConaughey, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ethan Hawke. In addition, Cumberbatch was said to be back in the running too, and he's long been the fan favorite choice to take the role, so this is a great snag for Marvel. Of course, Variety cautions a deal has yet to be finalized so anything can happen. But since Doctor Strange is rumored to hit theaters in 2016 as Marvel's most immediate project to follow Ant-Man, they better hurry up and get this squared away. Sound good?