Benedict Cumberbatch ‘Doctor Strange’ Deal Closes At Marvel

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UPDATE: The Imitation Game star Benedict Cumberbatch has finalized his deal to play Doctor Strange, giving Marvel’s Kevin Feige the distinction of having another world class actor to play in his superhero sandbox. Deadline revealed back in late October that Marvel had set its sights on the British actor who has become an awards season front runner for his The Imitation Game performance as Alan Turing, the genius who cracked the Nazi’s unbreakable Enigma Code, shortening WWII by two years. He was tragically prosecuted for being homosexual and chemically castrated, in one of the great injustices of the 20th Century.

EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, Oct. 27, 11:26 am: 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…

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