These A-List Actors Were Considered for Doctor Strange

Friday, 23 September 2016 - 1:32PM
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Friday, 23 September 2016 - 1:32PM
These A-List Actors Were Considered for Doctor Strange
Remember back in 2014, when every 30-something actor in Hollywood and their mother was rumored to be in consideration for Doctor Strange? Well as it turns out, at least a few of those rumors are true. According to director Scott Derrickson, several A-list actors were considered for the role before Benedict Cumberbatch was cast, including Jared Leto, Ryan Gosling, and Joaquin Phoenix.

A new report from Empire claims that Benedict Cumberbatch was always the favorite, but that he came very, very close to losing the role. Derrickson told the magazine that Cumberbatch was "the only actor we seriously considered," but unfortunately, Cumberbatch was already committed to playing Hamlet on stage in the fall of 2015, which conflicted with the original shooting dates for the film. When it seemed that talks with Cumberbatch were going to fall through, they looked to other great actors of his generation, including Leto, Gosling, and Phoenix. But then, according to Derrickson, Feige ultimately said, "It's got to be Benedict."

As a result, they moved the production date to accommodate Cumberbatch's schedule, which is why we're seeing the movie this fall instead of summer 2016:
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"If you can't jump on board when the ride's going past, that's usually it," Cumberbatch said, "so the hugest compliment they paid me was to come back to me. It motivated me to try to fulfill their faith in me."
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Cumberbatch seems like a perfect Stephen Strange, and he's already getting great buzz for the role. But that being said, it's hard to believe that they never "seriously" considered anyone else. In addition to the rumors about a million different actors being considered, Joaquin Phoenix was supposedly in negotiations to play the role, and Ethan Hawke has heavily implied that he turned it down. But still, Cumberbatch seems like a great choice, so it's easy to believe that Feige put his foot down.

Doctor Strange comes out in theaters on November 4.
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