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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
There have been countless movies over the years that involve demonic possession, but director Jeff Chan's new film Grace: The Possession is the first to truly take fans inside the mind and body of a possessed individual. Now available on DVD and Digital HD, Grace: The Possession centers on college freshman Grace (Alexia Fast), who is dealing with temptations such as sex and alcohol for the first time in her life, due to her overly religious upbringing by her grandmother (Lin Shaye). Grace begins to discover that something truly evil lies within her, which is linked to the horrific death of her mother, while consulting with a young priest (Joel David Moore).
After months of rumors, Benedict Cumberbatch has officially entered negotiations to take the lead role in Marvel's upcoming "Doctor Strange" film, which is set to hit theaters on July 8th, 2016. Some of Hollywood's biggest names have been mentioned for the role, including Joaquin Phoenix, Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Tom Hardy, Justin Theroux, Ethan Hawke and Keanu Reeves. Marvel actually made an offer to Phoenix, but he rejected it after realizing that the contract would be multi-picture. "Doctor Strange" will be directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Deliver Us From Evil, The Day the Earth Stood Still) and centers on a former neurosurgeon who serves as the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. »
The Marvel drumbeat continues as Deadline has word that the studio has selected Benedict Cumberbatch to play Doctor Strange in their next comic adaptation. According to Deadline, negotiations are now about to begin.
Doctor Strange has proved a notorious role to cast, with Joaquin Phoenix falling out of the project several months back (here was his look at his contract with Marvel) and many other names being thrown around, including Ethan Hawke, Matthew McConaughey and Mads Mikkelsen.
Cumberbatch is of course a natural choice, having already served as a tentpole movie villain in Star Trek Into Darkness and in being generally the Internet’s favorite.
What do you think of the casting choice of Benedict Cumberbatch?
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- Brian Welk
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, »
Producer Jason Blum continues to be one of the biggest, most profitable names in horror, as his latest spook-fest, the low-budget thriller Ouija, debuted in the top spot in the weekend before Halloween. (Any other month of the year, and it may not have scared up the same amount of business.) With an estimated $20 million take, the title debuted in the middle of the horror-movie range. It beat out past scary, non-sequel October titles like Carrie ($16.1 million) and Sinister ($18 million), but was at about half the rate of anticipated franchise names like Annabelle ($37.1 million) and Paranormal Activity 2 ($40.7 million).
With a no-name cast and miserable reviews, Ouija relied entirely on its late October release date and heavy marketing (especially with its trailer attached to this month’s horror hit, Annabelle) to draw in curious moviegoers. Critics hated the film and audiences have not been kind to it either, giving Ouija a C CinemaScore. »
- Jordan Adler
Universal’s horror-thriller “Ouija” scared up a respectable $911,000 in Thursday night screenings at 2,061 locations in the U.S.
“Ouija,” starring Daren Kagasoff and Olivia Cooke, has been expected to top a relatively quiet weekend at the box office at about $20 million. The film, budgeted at less than $5 million and carrying a PG-13 rating, centers on a group of teens attempting to contact a deceased friend with an Ouija board, resulting in the summoning of an evil spirit instead.
The Thursday night “Ouija” number compared favorably with Universal’s “Mama,” also rated PG-13, which took in $450,358 and went on to a $28.4 million opening weekend in January 2013.
- Dave McNary
Friday Am Update: From shows beginning at 8 p.m., Ouija opened to an estimated $911,000 from 2,061 theaters last night. That's on par with 2012's Sinister ($930,000), which went on to earn $18 million on opening weekend. John Wick wasn't far behind with an estimated $870,000 on Thursday night. That number essentially guarantees that the movie earns over $10 million this weekend, and points to a likely finish north of $15 million.Forecast: After a few busy weeks at the box office, look for things to quiet down a bit this weekend.Horror movie Ouija*based off the "game"*should open in first place with around $20 million. Meanwhile, John Wick will likely open behind holdovers Fury (2014) and Gone Girl.At 2,858 theaters, Ouija is poised to do solid business with teen moviegoers this weekend. The movie revolves around a group of teens who try to connect with their deceased friend via a Ouija board, and inadvertently summon an evil spirit instead. »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
3rd Update, 2:45 Pm (Pt): Finals are in for Guardians Of The Galaxy, the No. 1 Bollywood movie this year stateside Bang Bang, director David Fincher’s thriller Gone Girl (which passed $100M stateside), the Denzel Washington action/drama The Equalizer, the animated The Boxtrolls, the Ya hit The Maze Runner, Luc Besson’s Lucy, Universal’s Dracula Untold, Fox’s sequel Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Ice Age: The Meltdown In 3-D which debuted in China this weekend to $3.2M on 2,800 plays, and also its buddy comedy Let’s Be Cops. In addition, Warner Bros.’ just reported for its horror film Annabelle and the courtroom drama starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall The Judge, and lest we forget Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (which debuted strong in the UK this weekend) and Hercules which are still playing in 17 markets. Final tallies for stateside newcomers Fox »
- Nancy Tartaglione
If you peruse the geeky side of the Internet, chances are you.ve run into a few articles about Marvel.s upcoming movie Doctor Strange. Set for release in 2016, the film is set to explore a whole new area of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While Thor, Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy have shown us the extraterrestrial facets of this universe, Doctor Strange will expose audiences to something that hasn.t been seen yet: magic. The good Doctor was name dropped earlier this year in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and lately there.s been a lot of buzz over who will play him, with everyone from Benedict Cumberbatch to Ewan McGregor rumored for the role. Combined with Sinister director Scott Derrickson at the helm, this movie is sure to be one of Marvel.s more unique offerings. That being said, despite being a Marvel mainstay since »
(Cbr) Yet another name has been conjured to potentially lead Marvel Studio’s "Doctor Strange" to the big screen. The Wrap reported Friday that Colin Farrell is now a frontrunner for the Sorcerer Supreme role, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Keanu Reeves. The report comes on the heels of this week’s rumor that Ewan McGregor may also be up for the Strange role. This is the first time Farrell — who will soon begin shooting the second season of "True Detective" — has been mentioned as a possible lead for the film. Jared Leto, Justin Theroux, Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke are also apparently interested as well. However, The Wrap’s "Doctor Strange" casting roundup initially also still named Joaquin Phoenix as a frontrunner, despite talks breaking down between Phoenix and Marvel earlier this month. The same report also mentions that aside from once being in contention for Doctor Strange, Tom Hardy »
- Ryan Ingram, Comic Book Resources
There’s been a few sites chipping in this week with shortlists for the lead role in Doctor Strange – with names such as Ewan McGregor (Star Wars), Ryan Gosling (Drive), Ethan Hawke (Sinister), Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar), Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: Episode VII), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) bandied about – and now the rumour mill has churned a few more contenders for the upcoming Marvel movie.
According to The Wrap, Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice) is still in contention for the part, while Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) remains in the mix along with Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), Colin Farrell (Total Recall) and Justin Theroux (The Leftovers). And following his expression of interest, it’s also said that Marvel is giving some thought to Keanu Reeves (John Wick).
At this point, it’s becoming easier to track which names haven’t been linked to the role »
- Gary Collinson
Stranger things have happened.
They will join several others already being considered including Jared Leto, Justin Theroux, Oscar Isaac and yes—Benedict Cumberbatch. For some unknown reason, TheWrap also mentioned Ryan Gosling’s name out there, but highly doubt he wants to part due to family obligations.
- Gig Patta
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has taken us to some pretty strange places so far: a rich arms dealer making a robotic suit of armour to fight international terrorism, a doctor with a serious anger management problem, a frozen soldier awakened fifty years later, an archer who for some reason is expected to keep up with a group of people with actual superpowers. Things are set to get even more odd once they race through the “doorway” into the supernatural parts of the Marvel Universe in the form of Doctor Strange.
Most of the information about the film so far has been speculation on who will take the title role of the Sorcerer Supreme, with everyone from Joaquin Phoenix to Ewan McGregor to Ryan Gosling apparently up for the part. Between those superstars being installed in the eponymous hero’s shoes and safe bet Scott Derrickson (whose 2012 horror flick »
- Tom Baker
When Marvel failed to bring Joaquin Phoenix aboard as the titular character in the studio's adaptation of Doctor Strange, speculation as to who would play the mystical hero quickly shifted to Ethan Hawke, who previously worked with Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson on the 2012 horror-thriller Sinister. Now it seems the casting floodgates have opened, as Variety reports Hawke, Jared Leto, Oscar Isaac, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, and Jake Gyllenhaal are all in the running to play Doctor Strange in Marvel's upcoming blockbuster. There's no telling just how interested each of these actors are in tackling the role, and they all have various projects already in their respective pipelines, save for Leto who is notoriously picky about the projects he takes on. Just last night it seemed McGregor was the studio's top choice, but Marvel appears to be looking at every possible option before making a decision, which makes sense given »
- Jordan Benesh
We were a little bummed that Joaquin Phoenix is officially out of the "Doctor Strange" game, but the latest list of names being bandied about is fairly heartening. (Learn more about this Marvel-ously strange superhero here.)
First up: Ewan McGregor! The frequently pantsless young Obi-Wan is reportedly "prepping for the role," according to our pals at Badass Digest. "I contacted one of my usual sources and asked if this was true, and I was told, 'They're looking at him,'" Devin Faraci wrote yesterday. Although "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace," "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones," and "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" didn't exactly rock our worlds, McGregor is a very talented actor whose name we wouldn't mind seeing up on a marquee.
Variety got in the game later last night with a few more names, and they're equally interesting. »
- Jenni Miller
Since Joaquin Phoenix was revealed to no longer be in the running for Doctor Strange, several actors have been rumoured for the role in Marvel Studios’ latest franchise. Now Bad Ass Digest is reporting that Scottish actor Ewan McGregor is the latest actor Marvel is considering for the Sorcerer Supreme.
After Phoenix dropped out of the running Ethan Hawke was said to be the latest contender, and Variety has stated that Hawke is in the frame for the part, along with Jake Gyllenhaal, Oscar Isaac, and Dallas Buyers Club Oscar-winners Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey.
With production set to start next year the casting of the lead will be of paramount importance, so expect to hear an official announcement soon.
Who would you like to see as Doctor Strange? Let us know… »
- Thomas Roach
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