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Yesterday, it was reported that Benedict Cumberbatch had entered final negotiations to play Doctor Strange in the upcoming Marvel Phase Three adventure. Today, from the heart of Hollywood at the El Capitan Theater, Marvel did not confirmed the actor, but they did announced a July 8, 2016 release date for the upcoming standalone adventure along with the official logo.
Scott Derrickson is directing Doctor Strange from a script by Jon Spaihts. The story follows a neurosurgeon who becomes Sorcerer Supreme, protecting Earth against magical and mystical threats with powers of sorcery, mysticism, and martial arts.The character was originally created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. Marvel's Kevin Feige will produce.
It is not yet known how, why or if Benedict Cumberbatch's participation will expand into The Avengers 3 to be part of the new team roster teased earlier in the week by Kevin Feige. As Captain America 3, which arrives a year earlier, »
Hollywood - The El Capitan Theater is packed with press and fans alike for a special Marvel media event. No one's exactly sure why we've been called here this morning, but there's been plenty of speculation. Will they announce Doctor Strange officially? Will they confirm the title of "Captain America 3"? Are we going to see more footage from "Age Of Ultron"? Whatever the case, I'm here to live-blog it for you as long as the El Capitan's wifi holds out, and we'll be digging deeper into this morning's announcements as the day progresses. If you've never been to the El Capitan in Hollywood, it's Disney's flagship theater, ornate, restored to resemble a classic movie palace, complete with live organist. He's been playing since we started arriving at 10:00 this morning, and he's still cooking along now with not just Disney music but all sorts of classic movie themes. He »
- Drew McWeeny
According to reports, actor Benedict Cumberbatch ("Sherlock Holmes") will play Marvel Comics' "Doctor Strange" in the new "Doctor Strange"Marvel Studios 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 felt compelled to do everything »
- Michael Stevens
After numerous names being lobbed for the part of Doctor Stephen Strange, the rumors appear to have circled back around to the beginning.
The “Sherlock” star was one of the first to be rumored for the role but whose name seemed to be overtaken by others, including Joaquin Phoenix whom was in talks for some time before ultimately dropping out.
- Garth Franklin
Everyone, calm down. It’s finally happened. Maybe. Probably. Oh, you know how these things go. Earlier this month, we reflected on the long, strange trip that had brought us to this crucial juncture in the Marvel Cinematic Universe: a Doctor Strange movie without, well, a Doctor Strange. Those days may now be over. Deadline reports that Benedict Cumberbatch is “the studio’s choice for the superhero pic, and negotiations are about to begin.” Again, no formal offers have been made, Cumberbatch has not accepted anything and nothing has been officially announced. Still, it’s no surprise that Marvel has acted relatively quickly to line up a new Sorcerer Supreme after their long-gestating chats with Joaquin Phoenix proved fruitless. The outlet doesn’t dispute rumors that other names were “in the mix,” including Jared Leto and Tom Hardy, but it should come as little shock that Cumberbatch has apparently come out on top. He »
- Kate Erbland
Stan Lee and Steve Ditko created the character in the early ’60s. The Doctor is neurosurgeon who loses the ability to practise surgery due to an accident. Instead he turns to magic, becoming Sorcerer Supreme to protect us from mystical threats.
The project will be another movie for the ever expanding Marvel film universe – and Benedict Cumberbatch will no doubt be a welcome addition.
Source: Deadline »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
Well folks, speculation on the Doctor Strange casting has been fast and furious since Joaquin Phoenix passed on the spot, and now, from the latest shortlist, it looks like Benedict Cumberbatch will be our Sorcerer Supreme!
Deadline is reporting on information that Benedict Cumberbatch (who's been on the shortlist of actors for the role in Marvel's Doctor Strange movie) is in final talks to play the titular lead role for Marvel Studios. We've know for a while now that a Doctor Strange movie is happening, with Scott Derrickson official on board to direct a script from Jon Spaihts, but other than that we've heard very little about the film.
Derrickson was officially hired well before Sdcc this year, and many (myself included) expected to hear an official Doctor Strange movie announcement/release date during Marvel's panel...It didn't happen, and an seemingly endeless train of actors were reportedly up for the role. »
- email@example.com (Jordan Maison)
Deadline reports Benedict Cumberbatch is in final negotiations to become Marvel’s Doctor Strange. This comes after the studio failed to lock down Joaquin Phoenix for the role. As we’ve explained, Strange is known for such mystical acts as uttering spells, reading forbidden manuscripts, and levitating while surrounded by candles. Scott Derrickson (Deliver Us From Evil) is directing, and Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) is writing the solo movie about a neurosurgeon turned Sorcerer Supreme. For Cumberbatch, this is another in a streak of iconic figures, following Sherlock, Smaug, Khan, and, of course, Mr. Burns in the X-Files episode of The Simpsons. »
- Jesse David Fox
The news comes just weeks after publicists confirmed Joaquin Phoenix had walked away from the project. A number of names have been mentioned in regards to the role as Marvel went looking for its next best choice. These names included Colin Farrell, Keanu Reeves, Ewan McGregor, Matthew McConaughey, Jake Gyllenhaal, Oscar Isaac, Jared Leto, Ryan Gosling, Tom Hardy and Ethan Hawke.
The last report coming from inside the Marvel camp, yet never confirmed, was that Benedict Cumberbatch was the number one choice on the short list of actors vying for the part, but his shooting schedule on the popular BBC series Sherlock was standing in the way. It seems those issues have now been worked out.
Everything you need to know about Doctor Strange
As first reported by Deadline, negotiations are about to begin between the two parties.
Cumberbatch - an early contender for the part - was thought to be out of the running due to his theatre commitments. However, the Marvel project is said to be going into production later than expected.
Joaquin Phoenix was previously in talks to play the titular character, but the actor's representative recently confirmed that talks were mutually brought to an end.
Doctor Strange focuses on an ex-neurosurgeon who becomes the Sorcerer Supreme to defend Earth from magical and mystical threats.
It will be directed »
Here’s a turn up for the (magic) books… Months after he was originally rumoured for the role, and after various potential contenders have come and gone, it appears Benedict Cumberbatch is indeed Marvel’s choice to be Doctor Strange.According to Deadline, the once and future Sherlock is in negotiations for the role, but with no formal confirmation from Marvel yet, this one will have to linger on the margins of the rumoursphere for a little longer. We'll have to wait and see if the deal closes, although Cumberbatch may already be being measured for capes and such by director Scott Derrickson. With a Marvel announcement due this morning, confirmation may arrive very soon.The Sinister overseer, working from a script by Jon Spaihts, will bring to life the character originally conjured by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko. He started as a selfish New York surgeon (named Stephen Strange »
After being in the running for the role of Doctor Strange this past summer, and then falling away for a few months, "Sherlock" and Star Trek Into Darkness star Benedict Cumberbatch is now in talks with Marvel to take the lead role in their Phase Three film. Previously, Joaquin Phoenix was the top pick, but a deal wasn't finalized. Marvel has been considering various names since then, and right now they're just trying to figure out if they can work around Cumberbatch's schedule in order to get him in the film directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister) and written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). That's some positively great news! Ewan McGregor was the most recent name to be tied to the role, but there were other actors in the running as well like Jared Leto, Oscar Isaac, Matthew McConaughey, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ethan Hawke. In addition, Cumberbatch was said to be back in the running too, »
- Ethan Anderton
After months of rumor and speculation on who would play the eccentric Marvel character Doctor Strange, an answer has finally been conjured. Benedict Cumberbatch will play the neurosurgeon turned sorcerer and protector of Earth in the upcoming Doctor Strange film from Marvel.
Known for playing Sherlock Holmes, Kahn, and Smaug, and currently receiving quite a bit of buzz for his role in The Imitation Game, Deadline reports that Benedict Cumberbatch is in final negotiations to star in Marvel’s next big franchise. Other actors like Tom Hardy, Joaquin Phoenix, and Jared Leto have been considered for the role, but it’s Cumberbatch who will be joining the Marvel family in a deal that likely commits him to at least four films.
- Derek Anderson
Ten days ago, Jeff Sneider of The Wrap reported that Benedict Cumberbatch was in the mix for 'Dr. Stephen Strange' role in Marvel's upcoming film, Doctor Strange, and today, Deadline is reporting that Marvel has chosen Cumberbatch for the role. As of right now the actor is "final negotiations" which means he will more than likely sign on. Though, the same was said about Joaquin Phoenix just before the San Diego Comic-Con and he ended up passing. I'm sure Marvel wouldn't let that happen again. Cumberbatch is currently garnering some major Oscar buzz for his performance as 'Alan Turing' in the biopic, The Imitation Game, but Doctor Strange, if is as successful as previous Marvel films, could finally make Cumberbatch a household name here in the States. Doctor Strange will be directed by Sinister and Deliver Us From Evil director, Scott Derrickson. The script is currently being rewritten by Prometheus screenwriter Jon Spaihts, »
Exclusive: Marvel has finally found its Doctor Strange. I’m hearing Benedict Cumberbatch is the studio’s choice for the superhero pic, and negotiations are about to begin. The news comes after talks with Joaquin Phoenix around the time of Comic-Con went south, and Marvel went back to the drawing board. With names like Jared Leto and Tom Hardy also in the mix, this is obviously a coveted role. I expect this deal to make.
Cumberbatch is in the Oscar hunt this year for The Imitation Game, the Alan Turing biopic that the Weinstein Co is priming for a November 21 release. His hot streak has included winning the Emmy for playing Sherlock Holmes on the BBC/PBS hit Sherlock.
Phoenix never had a deal, and Marvel quickly got into it with other actors to play Doctor Strange in a free-standing film.
- Mike Fleming Jr
Well this is something of a surprise: after seemingly endless talk about how Joaquin Phoenix and Jared Leto were the front-runners for Marvel and Disney's upcoming "Doctor Strange" movie, Deadline is reporting that the studios now have a lock on who will become the Marvel Cinematic Universe's Sorcerer Supreme, and it's none other than... Benedict Cumberbatch.
Supposedly, Cumberbatch is entering final negotiations (and keep in mind that there is a big Marvel-related media event planned for tomorrow in Los Angeles) for the movie that will eventually be directed by Scott Derrickson and is being written by Jon Spaihts ("Prometheus"). If you have a basement free of old comic books, then we'll inform you that Doctor Strange is a character created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in the sixties and is easily one of the trippier characters either came up with. He's kind of the last line of defense »
- Drew Taylor
Whilst "Dracula Untold" boasts a coda that serves as the launch of Universal Pictures' ambitious and interconnected 'Classic Monster Cinematic Universe' plans, it's 2016's currently untitled reboot of "The Mummy" franchise that will be the real kick-off entry.
Superhero Movies News appears to have scored a copy of the new script for the reboot and have revealed a few new details about the contemporary-set story which will follow a Navy Seal named Tyler Colt on a mission in the Iraqi desert.
Potential Spoilers Ahead
Searching what they believe to be terrorist bunker, they soon realise it's actually a centuries old tomb protected by mystical forces. As the SEALs start turning on each other, Tyler makes it to a black iron sarcophagus which he opens.
After that, his mind is cursed with visions of the reboot's version of the Mummy - the Assyrian king Ashurbanipal. Tyler leaves the military and becomes a reculse. »
- Garth Franklin
Technically Universal Pictures’ mission to establish a shared universe for its monsters is already underway because the studio squeezed some connective tissue into Dracula Untold after the fact, but the first movie to be shot post monster movie mash-up announcement is The Mummy. The film will mark Alex Kurtzman’s directorial debut. He’ll be working with a Jon Spaihts-penned script with Chris Morgan producing. Beyond that and the fact that the film’s got a June 24, 2016 release, we don’t know all that much about the project. However, if the latest rumors are true, now we’ve got some story details, too. Hit the jump to check them out. According to Superhero Movie News (via /Film), here’s what we’ll see in the opening sequence of the film: “The story follows Navy Seal Tyler Colt and his mission in the Iraqi dessert to find a group of »
- Perri Nemiroff
Universal Pictures has been developing an Untitled Mummy Reboot for quite some time, and back in July, the studio confirmed that this project will be the first in a sprawling, inter-connected franchise that will bring back new versions of the studio's classic monsters, such as Frankenstein, Dracula and many more. An end credit sequence in this month's Dracula Untold helped set up this monster-centric universe, but the Untitled Mummy Reboot will launch the franchise in 2016.
Today, Superhero Movies News reportedly got their hands on the new script for this Mummy Reboot, and have revealed the reboot's spoiler-free opening scene, set in modern day, which you can check out below.
"The story follows Navy Seal Tyler Colt and his mission in the Iraqi desert to find a group of terrorists hiding out in a bunker. To him and his teams surprise the terrorists within the bunker turn out be nothing more »
Meanwhile Joaquin Phoenix's representative has scotched rumours he will play the neurosurgeon-turned-superhero saying, "talks are dead, dead, dead. A couple of weeks ago they mutually decided to part ways. It was over before the New York Film Festival."
He had previously been in talks before dropping out, but was said to be reconsidering.
A source told The Wrap that Farrell is being considered for the role, and confirmed the news that Reeves is also in the running.
The studio has apparently wanted to work with Benedict Cumberbatch for a while, especially following his appearances in Star Trek Into Darkness, The Imitation Game and 12 Years A Slave. But commitments to Sherlock »
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