Benedict Cumberbatch to Star in Marvel's Doctor Strange
Benedict Cumberbatch will play the lead role in Marvel's Doctor Strange.
The 38-year-old star has been linked to the coveted role for the last few months and his casting has now been officially confirmed by Kevin Feige, the President of Marvel Studios.
Kevin, 41, explained: "Stephen Strange's story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity. In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character."
Doctor Strange is a powerful sorcerer, who is responsible for protecting the Earth against mystical threats.
Over the last few months, a number of Hollywood's biggest names have been linked to the part, including Tom Hardy, Colin Farrell and Ewan McGregor.
The new movie, which is being directed by Scott Derrickson, who directed The Exorcism of Emily Rose, is set for release in October 2016.
Despite achieving major success in Hollywood, with films such as The Imitation Game and Star Trek Into Darkness, Benedict recently insisted he has no plans to quit the popular BBC TV series 'Sherlock', in which he plays the role of the detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
He said: "If we can keep the quality up, I can't imagine that I will ever get tired of being Sherlock. I'd love to play him as an old man. I really, really love my job. I love sets. I love crews. I love theatres. I love audiences."