Today, the first official photo of Benedict Cumberbatch as the titular superhero from Marvel’s Doctor Strange was unveiled. The actor is shown on the cover of Entertainment Weekly‘s upcoming double issue, which will take a first look at the production of Doctor Strange, as well as several other movies and TV shows. See the magazine’s cover below:
Doctor Strange follows the character of Stephen Strange, a man who discovers the world of magic and alternate dimensions after his career as a surgeon is ruined when he gets into a car crash. He realizes his role as a defender of evil and becomes the Sorcerer Supreme.
On top of Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen, Michael Stuhlbarg, Scott Adkins and Amy Landecker also star in the film, which is directed by Scott Derrickson (Deliver Us from Evil) and written by Jon Spaihts, C. Robert Cargill, Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer.
On the spells he is required to learn for the role, Cumberbatch said, “I’m still in the infancy of learning all that. It was like, okay, I’ve got to keep throwing these poses, these spells, these rune-casting things, everything he does physically. I’m thinking, there’s going to be a huge amount of speculation and intrigue over the positioning of that finger as opposed to it being there, or there. And I’m still working on that. We haven’t played any of those scenes yet. I felt really self-conscious. But, then, by the end, it was great. It’s like anything, you just have to experiment.”
UPDATE: EW has just released more exclusive pictures/concept art from the upcoming Marvel movie. Check them all out here:
Doctor Strange is the 14th entry in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and it will follow the release of Captain America: Civil War. Expect to see the film in theaters on November 4, 2016.