Benedict Cumberbatch Talks Shakespeare and Marvel's DOCTOR STRANGE
After hearing that Marvel is bringing Doctor Strange to the big screen, the internet blew up with the hopes that Benedict Cumberbatch will be starring as Stephen Strange. However, according to USA Today, it doesn't look like it will happen.
Cumberbatch commented, "I don't know if the Internet can manage my schedule and Marvel's, but if they can, good luck to the Internet."
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It's not that Cumberbatch doesn't want to play Doctor Strange- in fact, he thinks that he is "a great character." The problem is his schedule. He's already signed on for a 12 week run of Hamlet at London's Barbican theater, which cannot be moved. He stated, "You've got to do that within a certain amount of time just to be fair on the culture. If you announce that you're going to do it, you need to stick to that because other people are waiting to do theirs."
Cumberbatch will also be starring as Richard III for BBC2 while he is in London. He will be playing the character in Henry VI Part 1 and 2 as well as Richard III. He is excited to be able to play Richard III throughout the plays and commented, "It's a nice run when you really get to understand why this disabled son of these athletic Kennedy-esque jock guys is slowly festering his resentment and why he sets his sights on the crown at the cost of everything in his path. You don't just get the slight wink of a psychopath at the beginning of 'Now is the Winter of our discontent.' You know what's come before, you know who it is saying that, so I'm really thrilled to bring that version of the character to the screen."