Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’

The “Imitation Game” star is closing a deal to play the Sorceror Supreme

Benedict Cumberbatch is closing a deal to star in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.

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TheWrap first reported that Cumberbatch was back in the mix to play the Sorcerer Supreme, who is a key character in Marvel’s ambitious Phase Three plan for the MCU.

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Scheduling conflicts nearly derailed the deal but Cumberbatch’s reps at UTA and Conway van Gelder Grant were able to work out his schedule to allow him to do “Doctor Strange” and an upcoming play, as well as the next season of “Sherlock.”

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Scott Derrickson is directing “Doctor Strange” from a script by Jon Spaihts, and Kevin Feige is producing the superhero movie.

Cumberbatch is no stranger to blockbuster fare, having co-starred in “Star Trek Into Darkness” and voiced Smaug in the “Hobbit” movies.

Marvel will release “Doctor Strange” in July 2016.