In an interview with "Hey U Guys" at the 2014 British Independent Film Awards, Cumberbatch shared how excited he is to be chosen to play Doctor Strange.
The "Imitation Game" actor said he is "really excited" for the gig but would like to focius on getting work done for the role first. "There's a lot of work to be done and I'm just at the beginning so I don't want to talk much about it," he explained. "But it's a thrilling gig to get."
Many actors were considered for the part, including Joaquin Phoenix, Jared Leto, Ewan McGregor and Tom Hardy.
"Stephen Strange's story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity," Marvel president Kevin Feige said in a statement, according to the LA Times. "In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character."
Speaking at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood in late October, Feige described the character as a "brilliant neurosurgeon, bit of an arrogant fellow ho gets in a car accident and ruins what he thinks are the tools of his trade: his hands."
Along with Marvel's confirmation of the "Sherlock" star's casting for the role, the production outfit also announced the film's release date. The film adaptation of the 1960s comic by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko will hit theaters on Nov. 4, 2016, according to Deadline.
Scott Derrickson will sit on the director's chair and Jon Spaihts will pen the script.
"Doctor Strange" will be part of Marvel Cinematic Universe's "Phase 3," which promises the release of films produced by the outfit from 2016 to 2019. Upcoming films include sequels to "Thor," "Guardians of the Galaxy," "Avengers" and "Captain America." Among the new titles to be released are "Black Panther" and "Captain Marvel."
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