doctor strange benedict cumberbatch tom hardy gi Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy up for 'Doctor Strange' lead role

“Doctor Strange” is casting its lead, and Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock”) and Tom Hardy (“The Dark Knight Rises”) are reportedly front-runners to play the Marvel comic-book hero.

According to Deadline, Marvel is looking at these two men — as well as others — to play the lead in a feature-film adaptation of the Doctor Strange story. The comic was first created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in 1963 and features a neurosurgeon who also happens to be an Earth-protecting sorcerer.

Kevin Feige is set to produce this Marvel adaptation, while Scott Derrickson will direct a script written by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer.

Will Cumberbatch or Hardy get the role? It’s too early to say for sure, seeing as both actors — while up-and-coming stars — are both busy with film roles.