Doctor Strange already has a release date

Marvel announces a release date but not a leading man

Don't mess with the Zohan
Don’t mess with the Zohan

Marvel is on the ball, as they have already decided on a release date for Doctor Strange. The film doesn’t have a lead actor yet, but you’ll be able to see him, whoever he may be, in cinemas on 8 July, 2016.

The film, which is being directed by Scott Derrickson (Deliver Us From Evil, Sinister), is due to start filming in May next year.

It has been rumoured that Joaquin Phoenix (Her, The Master) is the first choice for the title role, but Jon Hamm (Mad Men) has also been linked to the film’s casting for a while.

But then again, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy were supposedly battling it out over the summer, so who knows? Maybe they won’t cast Doctor Strange at all, and have him represented as an abstract idea.

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