The President of Marvel Studios says casting will be done in the next month or two and filming will begin in spring next year.
Kevin Feige gives update on the current status of "Dr. Strange". In an interview with Total Film, he says, "We're about to hire a writer to redo a draft, and we think we'll be casting probably in the next month or two, and announcing an actor, and then we get into production in the spring of next year."
Scott Derrickson is confirmed to direct the film. Jared Leto, Tom Hardy, and Benedict Cumberbatch are reportedly in the mix to play the lead role. Jon Spaihts ("Prometheus") is tapped to complete the draft written by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer.
"Doctor Strange is a character that I've been interested in for many, many years and that I've talked about in interviews for probably 14 years, because I believe it's very, very important for us to explore every nook and cranny of the comic-book universe and we've done the street-level heroes, and we've done the billionaire superheroes [on Earth]," Feige explains.
"We've now done the cosmic side with Thor and Avengers and most obviously with Guardians, but there's a whole other side of the Marvel comics, which is that supernatural side - the interdimensional side of the Marvel universe, and Doctor Strange is, I believe, our entry point into that other realm, which has dozens of characters and storylines all of its own."
"So Strange is very, very important, not just because it's an amazing character study, and a journey of a man who's gone from this very arrogant surgeon to somebody who is quite zen and literally keeps all of reality together on a daily basis, but it also is going to open up a whole other side of storytelling for our movies."
In the comic books, Stephen Strange gains superpower while seeking a conventional healing in Tibet and rises to become a Sorcerer Supreme a.k.a. Marvel Universe's greatest protector against magical peril.