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The long-gestating “Dr. Strange” project is picking up the pace as of late with hot casting rumors making the rounds on the internet. A recent article published by the reputable Deadline.com suggests that Britain’s finest is standing in line to nab the coveted role as Dr. Strange. The most recent names to join the list of hopefuls are Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch. We reported just days ago that Jared Leto has also joined the mix to star in the anticipated Marvel pic.

Also see: ‘Dr. Strange’ Will Start Production Early 2015

Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch

Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch

Johnny Depp and Joseph Gordon-Levitt were among the candidates to take on the role as Marvel’s greatest protector against magical peril, but the rumors were debunked. Scott Derrickson (“Sinister”, “Deliver Us from Evil”) will serve behind the lens, with the script by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer.