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Now that Marvel Studios has officially confirmed "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch as the title mystical hero in Doctor Strange, the focus has shifted to the supporting roles. So far nobody else has been cast in the film that will be directed by Scott Derrickson (Deliver Us from Evil) and written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), though there have been rumblings (and potentially confused details) about Daniel Bruhl's character from Captain America: Civil War potentially crossing over into Doctor Strange. But a new rumor pegs Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy & Ken Watanabe on a shortlist for a supporting role. More below! So who would one of these actors play? Latino Review has word that they're in consideration for the role of The Ancient One, the mentor to Stephen Strange, who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions. The Ancient One is the previous Sorcerer Supreme before Strange inherits the title, »
- Ethan Anderton
In the comics, The Ancient One is the previous Sorcerer Supreme who serves as Strange's mentor. Marvel previously confirmed that actor Benedict Cumberbatch will play the title character.
The Ancient One also ends up training but ultimately rejecting Baron Mordo, a character long rumored to be the villain in the film and even to make a cameo appearance in the upcoming "Captain America: Civil War".
Source: Latino Review »
- Garth Franklin
Now that Marvel has confirmed actor Benedict Cumberbatch is the new Doctor Strange, the studio is focusing its casting efforts on finding the right actor to play The Ancient One. Latino Review reports that Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy and Ken Watanabe are the studio's top candidates to play The Ancient One in this Marvel Phase Three adventure. It isn't clear at this point which of these actors is the front runner for the role.
It also isn't known how large of a role The Ancient One may have in this story, since we reported in August that Doctor Strange will not be an origin story, with Stephen Strange already established as a superhero. In the Marvel comics, The Ancient One is the previous Sorcerer Supreme, who serves as Strange's mentor. He also ends up training but ultimately rejecting Mordo, a character long rumored to be the villain in Doctor Strange. »
In light of Sony Pictures’ recent hack attacks, studio production president Michael De Luca is acquiring a stream of new properties to counteract the effects of the leaks. This week alone the studio nabbed Passengers, the latest script from Prometheus scribe Jon Spaihts and a NYPD documentary titled The Seven Five. The most intriguing addition to their upcoming slate, however, is this recently-announced project from J.J. Abrams and his Bad Robot production banner.
As reported by Deadline, the untitled sci-fi film was at the centre of a bidding frenzy between Sony, Lionsgate and Stx, until Sony beat out its competitors. Abrams and his Bad Robot team will produce the pic, with up-and-comer Chris Alender at the helm. The expectation is to introduce Alender – who at this point has crafted a handful of shorts – to bigger audiences as Abrams did with Matt Reeves via his 2008 monster flick. According to Deadline’s reporter, »
- Gem Seddon
Exclusive: Sony Pictures is putting the finishing touches on a deal for an untitled top secret project that Jj Abrams will produce through his Bad Robot banner. It’s a science fiction film that will mark the feature directorial debut of Chris Alender, who helmed the short Eye Of The Storm. This was a heated bidding situation — Lionsgate and Stx were the other parties I heard — and Sony production president Michael De Luca got it. Aggressive progress to production language is part of the deal.
It’s the third significant acquisition that De Luca has made on hotly contested material since Sony was hack-attacked. Three days ago, Sony acquired the Jon Spaihts science fiction script Passengers, and right before that Sony bought rights to the NYPD corruption documentary The Seven Five.
Abrams and Bad Robot would not comment and like everything they are keeping a lid on this. I’ve »
- Mike Fleming Jr
While director J.J. Abrams is deep into post-production work on Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Sony Pictures is finalizing a deal for him to produce a secretive, untitled sci-fi project through his Bad Robot Productions company. The project will mark the directorial debut of Chris Allender, who is best known for directing a short film entitled Eye of the Storm. Sony won the project in a competitive bidding situation, with Lionsgate and Stx Entertainment also vying for the rights.
No story details have been confirmed, but Deadline reports that the project is being compared to Bad Robot's Cloverfield, since it has a contained budget and involves aliens. Cloverfield launched the directorial career of Matt Reeves (Let Me In, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes), and Bad Robot hopes to do the same for Chris Allender with this project. Bad Robot is based at Paramount, but when the »
Some good news for a science fiction project we've been following for years, and hopefully this means it may happen. A spaceship script by Jon Spaihts (a talented writer of work on Prometheus, The Darkest Hour, The Black Hole, The Mummy remake, Doctor Strange) titled Passengers has found a new home at Sony Pictures, amidst all the chaos of the Hollywood studio's hacking this week, they did actually win a bidding war for the rights to develop and distribute. Deadline reports that Sony is picking up Passengers, with production president Michael De Luca, and producers Neal Moritz and Ori Marmur of Original Film plus Michael Maher of Start Media and Stephen Hamel of Company Films, producing. There's a few changes, too. The original version of the project had Keanu Reeves attached to star, and along the way bounced between studios like The Weinstein Company for the most time, with Focus Features »
- Alex Billington
The film, which was originally scheduled to launch in April 2015, is set on a spacecraft which is transporting thousands of people to a distant colony planet.
It follows a passenger who, due to a malfunction in one of its sleep chambers, wakes up 90 years before anybody else.
Faced with the prospect of growing old and dying alone before the spacecraft reaches its destination, he wakes up a female passenger to keep him company.
Sony is currently looking for a new cast and director. »
Earlier this year, Focus Features had been in talks to acquire U.S. rights to “Passengers” with Keanu Reeves starring. “Passengers” went back on the market after the Weinstein Co. ditched the project after acquiring the rights with Reese Witherspoon attached; the actress later departed and was replaced by Rachel McAdams, who has also left the project.
Spaihts’ script is set on a spacecraft in the future with thousands of passengers making an interstellar voyage to a new planet. One passenger awakens from cryogenic sleep 90 years before anyone else, then awakens a female passenger.
- Dave McNary
And so it came to pass that Benedict Cumberbatch turned the page of the special Panini sticker album he must surely use to keep track of the geeky properties in which he appears and put in a giant picture of Doctor Strange on the Marvel page. The comic book studio has found its cinematic Sorcerer Supreme.He was the latest actor to be rumoured as Stephen Strange back in October, and the reactions ran the predictable gamut from high praise to the declaration of the apocalypse.Sinister’s Scott Derrickson is calling the shots on this one, working from a script by Jon Spaihts. They will bring to life the character originally conjured by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. He starts his story as a selfish New York surgeon who loses his professional skills in a car crash. After falling on hard times, he visits a healer in the Himalayas known as The Ancient One, »
Following on from the Ryan Reynolds as Deadpool report, another piece of Marvel Studios casting news today that essentially just acknowledges what has been known for some time - that Benedict Cumberbatch has finalised his deal to play Doctor Stephen Strange in Marvel Studios' "Doctor Strange" movie.
The "Sherlock" and "The Imitation Game" star will play the neurosurgeon who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions and becomes the next Sorcerer Supreme who protects Earth against magical and mystical threats.
Joaquin Phoenix was sought for the role but dropped out earlier this year. Cumberbatch, who had always been a fan favorite for the part before Phoenix was linked to the role, was long rumored for the role and began talks in October.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Update 12/4/14: After many, many rumors and reports of negotiations, Marvel has finally confirmed that Benedict Cumberbatch will star in Doctor Strange. Here's the official tidbit (the above is just fan art): Benedict Cumberbatch has entered the world of the mystic arts. The actor will star in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, scheduled to hit theaters November 4, 2016. The film, directed by Scott Derrickson with Jon Spaihts writing the screenplay, will follow the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions. “Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity,” said Producer Kevin Feige. “In 2016, Benedict will show audiences...
- Peter Hall
What a week for comic book roles being cast huh?! Earlier this week the official cast (or bulk of it) for David Ayer's Suicide Squad was announced, and today Marvel is on the Prowl. They've officially confirmed that Benedict Cumberbatch will bring Doctor Strange to life, and it sounds like Krysten Ritter will be Jessica Jones on Netflix. Come inside to learn more!
It's an exciting time for nerds, as the last couple of weeks have brought us our first looks at Jurassic World, The Force Awakens, and casting confirmations on some of our most anticipated comic book properties. Let's get the big one out of the way first. Once Joaquin Phoenix passed on Doctor Strange, the rumor world then turned to Benedict Cumberbatch (a very excellent choice). Well today, Marvel has made it offical and cast the fan-favorite actor as the Sorcerer Supreme! From the press release:
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Marvel Studios have now officially confirmed that Brit actor Benedict Cumberbatch ("The Imitation Game") will play Marvel Comics' "Doctor Strange", in the prepping "Doctor Strange" superhero feature, to be directed by Scott Derrickson from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts:
Pre-production is now underway @ the UK's Pinewood-Shepperton with principal photography scheduled for May 2015.
"Now what is the definition of ‘supernatural’? It varies...based in physics and based in quantum mechanics...an explanation of how sorcerers do what they do..."
"I wanted it really bad," said Derrickson. "More than any other project that I've gone after, I »
- Michael Stevens
Opening in theaters November 4, 2016, the film will follow the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions. The screenplay is from Jon Spaihts.
“Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity,” said Producer Kevin Feige. “In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.”
Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images Portrait
In October, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige revealed the films that will make up Phase 3 of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, featuring a mix of fan-favorite characters and several heroes who will be making their big-screen debuts.
- Michelle McCue
The studio announced on December 4 that the star of The Imitaiton Game will play the Sorcerer Supreme.
Doctor Strange is scheduled to open theatrically on November 4, 2016.
“Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity,” said producer Kevin Feige. “In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.” »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
For those of you not in the know, Strange, a neuroseurgon, becomes involved in the mystical arts and starts jumping into alternate dimensions after a career-ending car accident. On his off days, he’s also the Sorcerer Supreme, Earth’s protector against all mystical enemies. Fun stuff.
“Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity,” said Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios. “In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.”
Cumberbatch, perhaps best known for his role on BBC’s modern adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, has been enjoying a very envious, very busy career of late. He’s worked with J.J. Abrams, speechifying around a spaceship as Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness, »
- Sasha James
On Thursday, Marvel finally confirmed one of its most fervently held rumors: Benedict Cumberbatch, fiancé to Sophie Hunter, husband to Tumblr, and America's cool British friend, has been cast in the lead role in Dr. Strange. Unlike another certain popular doctor, Dr. Stephen Strange is an accomplished surgeon who becomes Earth's Sorcerer Supreme, which mostly means he gets to walk through otherworldly dimensions whilst wearing a really cool cape. Here's what Marvel has to say about it: 'The actor will star in Marvel’s 'Doctor Strange,' scheduled to hit theaters November 4, 2016. The film, directed by Scott Derrickson with Jon Spaihts writing the screenplay, »
- Joshua Rivera
The film, directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister) with Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) writing the screenplay, will follow the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.
Kevin Feige, President of Marvel Studios said ‘“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.”
Originally it was reported that Joaquin Phoenix was the number one contender but after months of negotiations fell through, other actors were being considered.
Are you glad that »
- Thomas Roach
Turns out all of those casting rumors surrounding Benedict Cumberbatch playing Doctor Strange were true! Marvel has officially confirmed that the actor will indeed play the Sorcerer Supreme, and I couldn't be more happy. He's going to be freakin' awesome as this character! Marvel Studios president and Producer Kevin Feige had this to say in a statement:
“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.”
There's been a lot of fan support for Cumberbatch leading up to this announcement, so I think a lot of fans are very happy that this casting decision went through. Over the years, several names have been linked to this coveted superhero role. Some of those named include Joaquin Phoenix, Ethan Hawke, Jared Leto, Tom Hardy, Ewan McGregor, Matthew McConaughey, Colin Farrell, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Oscar Isaac. »
- Joey Paur
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