This is how Twitter reacted to the news that Benedict Cumberbatch will play Doctor Strange

2014-10-28 16:00
Los Angeles  - Benedict Cumberbatch is to star as Doctor Strange.

The Star Trek Into Darkness actor is in final negotiations with Marvel for the lead role in the upcoming superhero movie, according to Deadline.

He will star as Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange - a former neurosurgeon who serves as the sorcerer supreme and the primary protector of earth against magical and mystical threats - in the live-action film.

The 38-year-old star is said to have been approached by the studio after talks with 'Walk The Line' actor Joaquin Phoenix came to an end. However, Jared Leto and Tom Hardy have also been mentioned in regards to the coveted role.

John Spaihts is currently writing the script for the film - which is to be directed by Scott Derrickson - following a first draft penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer.

Doctor Strange was hatched by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko during the Marvel Comics heyday of the early 1960s and the studio's Kevin Feige is to produce the upcoming feature film.

Meanwhile, Doctor Strange is set for release in 2016.

This is how Twitter reacted to the news of Benedict’s new role:

The jokers:

The fans:

The not so happy:

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