The first trailer for Benedict Cumberbatch's Doctor Strange has been unveiled. The teaser shows Benedict in character for the first time as the comic book superhero, who becomes attuned to the world of magic and alternate dimensions after becoming involved in a car crash.
Benedict stars in the movie as Stephen Strange, a world-renowned neurosurgeon whose hands are rendered all but useless after an accident. "Stephen Strange, I offer you some advice," a voice can be heard whispering at the start of the trailer, as the doctor is shown unconscious in a half-submerged car. "Forget everything that you think you know."
Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Doctor Stephen Strange
Stephen is then seen being wheeled through a hospital with his worried colleague, played by Rachel McAdams, by his side.
The clip also shows Tilda Swinton in character as the Ancient One, a mystic from another realm who teaches Dr Strange that he can now save lives in another ways. Tilda has previously said she was unsure whether she would play the traditionally male role as a female - and, despite her feminine voice, her appearance in the trailer is androgynous.
Tilda Swinton stars as the Ancient One, Strange's mentor
Fans are also given a glimpse of Chiwetel Ejiofor as Karl Mordo, a former apprentice of the Ancient One, and Mads Mikkelsen, who will play the as-yet-unnamed villain.
Benedict, who puts on an American accent for the film, has previously admitted to having difficult grasping the peculiarities of his character's gesticulatory spell-casting. "I'm still in the infancy of learning all that," he told Entertainment Weekly.
The film is scehduled for release in November 2016
"It was like, okay, I've got to keep throwing these poses, these spells, these rune-casting things, everything he does physically.
"I'm thinking, there's going to be a huge amount of speculation and intrigue over the positioning of that finger as opposed to it being there, or there. And I'm still working on that. We haven't played any of those scenes yet. I felt really self-conscious. But, then, by the end, it was great. It's like anything, you just have to experiment."
Doctor Strange is due in cinemas in November 2016.