After first engaging in talks back in October, Marvel Studios finally confirmed earlier this month that Benedict Cumberbatch is portraying the title character in Doctor Strange. Casting for the supporting roles is starting to heat up, with Morgan Freeman being eyed to play the Ancient One, who serves as a mentor to Stephen Strange in the comic books. While we wait for the cast to be finalized, director Scott Derrickson recently took to his Twitter page to debut new artwork feturing Benedict Cumberbatch.
It isn't known if this artwork is something Scott Derrickson created himself, or if it was artwork that was commissioned by Marvel. Regardless of how official it is, it does paint an intriguing portrait of Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange, giving us an early tease of how the actor may look as this popular character when the comic book adaptation arrives in theaters November 4, 2016. It isn't known exactly when production will begin on this Phase Three adventure, but it will likely start shooting after Captain America: Civil War wraps next year.
Scott Derrickson is directing from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts, which we reported in August will not be an origin story, but will open long after the title character has become an established superhero. We'll be sure to keep you posted as soon as we have more official details, but, for now, take a look at the artwork below.
"Strange but not a stranger" - Talking Heads pic.twitter.com/30lPiwfGhk— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) December 22, 2014