The star of The Imitation Game will take on a Marvel classic character

By Lynette Rice
Updated December 04, 2014 09:00 PM

Doctor, doctor, give us the news. We’ve got a bad case of loving you!

Marvel Studios has set its sights on Benedict Cumberbatch, 38, to play the classic superhero Doctor Strange – the neurosurgeon Stephen Strange who becomes a Sorcerer Supreme who protects the Earth against magical threats.

Variety reports that the movie is set for release in November of 2016.

Cumberbatch, who’s currently starring in The Imitation Game, will make way for the new gig even though he’s set to reprise his role as Sherlock next year for the BBC. He also did voice-overs for Smaug and the Necromancer in The Hobbit: The Army of the Five Armies.

“Stephen Strange s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity, said Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige. In 2016 Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.”

Doctor Strange was co-created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in 1963 during the silver age of comics.

The superhero movie is sure to lure a new crop of female fans to the theater, especially given the actor’s popularity with the ladies. The actor recently addressed his fans by saying he’s “flattered” that women call themselves “Cumberbitches.”

“I know it was a joke, and more of an empowering thing. The majority of (the fans) are smart and savvy and just having fun, but it’s getting out there,” he said. “It sounds a bit (rude).”