Marvel confirms Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange

It’s official… Benedict Cumberbatch will definitely be playing Doctor Strange, according to a press release issued by Marvel this morning.

We already knew that Cumberbatch was attached to the project after the star himself sort-of-confirmed it back at Comic-Con, but everything has now been made official, with Kevin Feige waxing lyrical about the star’s credentials for the role…

“Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity,” says Feige. “In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.”

The film has also disclosed its official logline, which doesn’t tell us anything we didn’t already know, but makes for exciting reading nonetheless…

“The film,” begins the official blurb, “directed by Scott Derrickson with Jon Spaihts writing the screenplay, will follow the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.”

Doctor Strange will open in the UK on 28 October 2016, and in the US on 4 November 2016.