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Benedict Cumberbatch to play Doctor Strange

Star Trek Into Darkness

Story by Jack Foley

BENEDICT Cumberbatch looks to have landed another iconic role.

The Sherlock star, who has also played Khan in Star Trek: Into Darkness and who is being Oscar-tipped for his portrayal of pioneering code-breaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, is set to play Doctor Strange in Marvel’s latest blockbuster.

Slated for release on July 8, 2016, Doctor Strange will focus on a former neuro-surgeon who serves as the Sorcerer Supreme, the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats.

Cumberbatch is reportedly in final negotations, which look set to end months of speculation surrounding who will land the coveted role. Joaquin Phoenix was at one time in negotiations until talks fell apart. But names such as Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Tom Hardy and Keanu Reeves have also been linked.

Doctor Strange made his first appearance in the Marvel Universe more than 50 years ago, and was first created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in the pages of Strange Tales No. 110.

Scott Derrickson is directing the Marvel movie.

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