Benedict Cumberbatch on ‘Doctor Strange’ role: ‘It’s not a risk because of Marvel’

Cumberbatch will star in Marvel's forthcoming superhero movie, which is due in 2016

Benedict Cumberbatch has spoken about his starring role in Marvel’s forthcoming Doctor Strange movie, insisting the big-budget superhero film isn’t a “risk” for him.

Marvel announced that Cumberbatch had been cast as Doctor Strange last month (December), also confirming that Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us From Evil) will direct the film from a script by John Spaihts (Prometheus). The film is set for release in cinemas on November 4, 2016.

“I don’t think it’s a risk because of Marvel,” said Cumberbatch in a new interview with the Wall Street Journal. “Marvel is a stable of bringing out ordinary comic characters and turning them into screen-like gods. It’s very different, it’s an Astral Plane. There’s a huge new element to this Marvel universe that’s going to be employed in building this story and this character. But you know, I’m really excited about it, about working with Scott [Derrickson] whose imagination is endless, and all the boys and girls at Marvel who know what they’re doing.”

Neurosurgeon-turned-superhero Doctor Strange made his Marvel Comics debut in 1963. The film will follow Cumberbatch’s Stephen Strange as he delves into hidden worlds of magic and alternate dimensions after suffering a horrific car crash.

Meanwhile, Cumberbatch is currently being tipped for an Oscar nomination for his performance as World War II codebreaker Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, which opened in cinemas in October. He has already been nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance, and will find out whether he has won at the awards ceremony in Los Angeles this Sunday (January 11).