Marvel has found their Sorcerer Supreme for the upcoming Doctor Strange film, and it's Benedict Cumberbatch.
According to Deadline, the actor and Marvel Studios are in final negotiations over the part. The news comes after weeks of speculation over who would take the titular role that Joaquin Phoenix vacated earlier in October. When Phoenix and Marvel were just about to sign a deal, Phoenix backed out of the project. Since then, candidates and rumors appeared across the board, ranging from Tomy Hardy to Keanu Reeves.
Doctor Strange will be directed by Scott Derrickson, with a script from Jon Spaihts. While Marvel has not tied an official release date to film, many suspect that it will take the July 8, 2016 slot that the studio has claimed.
Cumberbatch comes from a strong background in science-fiction and fantasy acting, including a starring role as Kahn in Star Trek: Into Darkness, the voice of Smaug in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and Sherlock Holmes in the BBC series Sherlock.
Check back in with Comicbook.com as more information on Doctor Strange is released.