Star Trek into Darkness‘ Benedict Cumberbatch is back in negotiations for the role of Doctor Strange.
Cumberbatch was an early choice for the role, but his work schedule got in the way and Marvel reached out to other actors, including Joaquin Phoenix.
Talks with Phoenix went nowhere and with Marvel shooting Doctor Strange later than they had originally planned, the role became an option again for Cumberbatch.
Directed by Scott Derrickson and written by Jon Spaihts, Doctor Strange “centers on a former neurosurgeon who serves as the Sorcerer Supreme — the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats.”
The character first made his appearance in the Marvel Universe over fifty years ago, in the pages of Strange Tales No. 110.
Doctor Strange will be released July 8, 2016.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter