Marvel announced the news Thursday and gave the film a Nov. 4, 2016 release date. Scott Derrickson will direct and Jon Spaihts will pen the script.
"Stephen Strange's story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity," Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said in a statement. "In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character."
Feige describe the lead character as a "brilliant neurosurgeon, bit of an arrogant fellow who gets in a car accident" who loses his hands.
The film will be an adaptation of the 1960s comic series created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
"In the Marvel Cinematic Universe version of the supernatural, that involves everything from quantum mechanics to string theory," Feige explained in a statement on Marvel's official website in late October. "The idea of this film is to open up a whole new corner of the cinematic universe. We want to enter, thorugh Strange, the world of parallel dimensions."
Cumberbatch was first linked to the film in October but Joaquin Phoenix was first chosen to star in it, according to Variety. A deal with Phoenix, however, was not made. Other actors considered for the character include Jared Leto, Justin Theroux, Keanu Reeves, Ethan Hawk and Tom Hardy.
Cumberbatch recently starred in the "Imitation Game" and is currently shooting the fourth season of the series "Sherlock." He was also part of the films "12 Years a Slave," "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," "The Fifth Estate," "Star Trek Into Darkness," "August: Osage County" and "Parade's End."
"Doctor Strage" is part of Marvel's "Phase 3, which promises to release sequels to "Thor," "Avengers," "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Captain America" as well as new titles such as "Black Panther" and "Captain Marvel."
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