Cumberbatch to play Doctor Strange for Marvel film

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Benedict Cumberbatch Officially Confirmed as Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'

NEW YORK (AP) -- Benedict Cumberbatch will star in Marvel's "Doctor Strange" as the neurosurgeon-turned-superhero.

Marvel announced Thursday that the "Sherlock" star, long rumored for the part, will add another egotistical intellect to his already brainy filmography. Cumberbatch has won acclaim for the recently released World War II thriller "The Imitation Game," in which he stars as mathematician and computer scientist Alan Turing.

Doctor Strange has previously been absent from the big screen despite decades of adaptation attempts. Stephen Strange, a character who first appeared in comics in the early 1960s, is a skilled neurosurgeon who takes up magic and sorcery after a car accident crushes his hands.

The film is to be released in November 2016. Scott Derrickson will direct from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts.

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch arrives at the 86th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch accepts the Hollywood Actor Award for 'The Imitation Game' onstage during the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Palladium on November 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - SEPTEMBER 9: Benedict Cumberbatch points over to the photographers on the far side of the street and then directs the fans to wave with him for the cameras as he arrives on the red carpet for The Imitation Game at the Princess of Wales Theatre. (David Cooper/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 18: Actors Benedict Cumberbatch and Sarah Paulson attend the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Stefanie Keenan/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 16: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the 'Penguins Of Madagascar' New York Premiere at Winter Village at Bryant Park Ice Rink on November 16, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 02: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the premiere of 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' at TCL Chinese Theatre on December 2, 2013 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 07: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends BAFTA LA Behind Closed Doors with Benedict Cumberbatch at Pacific Design Center on November 7, 2014 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by David Buchan/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Benedict Cumberbatch seen at LAX on November 14, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by GVK/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 08: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the press conference for 'The Imitation Game' during the 58th BFI London Film Festival at Corinthia Hotel London on October 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Tim P. Whitby/Getty Images for BFI)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Benedict Cumberbatch arrives at the 'The Imitation Game' Los Angeles Special Screening Hosted By Chanel at DGA Theater on November 10, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Steve Granitz/WireImage)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - NOVEMBER 14: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards at The Palladium on November 14, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic)
LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 08: Benedict Cumberbatch attends a screening of 'The Imitation Game' on the opening night gala of the 58th BFI London Film Festival at Odeon Leicester Square on October 8, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Marsland/WireImage)
PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 08: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the Men's Final of Roland Garros French Tennis Open 2014 - Day 15 on June 8, 2014 in Paris, France. (Photo by Rindoff/Charriau/French Select/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 24: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the DreamWorks Animation presentation during Comic-Con International 2014 at the San Diego Convention Center on July 24, 2014 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Albert L. Ortega/Getty Images)
MONTE-CARLO, MONACO - MAY 25: Benedict Cumberbatch onboard the Red Bull Energy Station during the Monaco Formula One Grand Prix at Circuit de Monaco on May 25, 2014 in Monte-Carlo, Monaco. (Photo by Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - APRIL 29: Benedict Cumberbatch attends the launch of chef Jason Atherton's new restaurant 'City Social' at Tower 42 on April 29, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Actor Benedict Cumberbatch attends the Oscars Governors Ball at Hollywood & Highland Center on March 2, 2014 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - DECEMBER 03: Benedict Cumberbatch at 'The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug' Press Conference at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on December 3, 2013 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vera Anderson/WireImage)
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