How CUMBERBATCH Beat Out LETO, GOSLING, More For DOCTOR STRANGE Role

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In a different reality, Benedict Cumberbatch didn't land the role of Doctor Strange. Due to scheduling conflicts, Cumberbatch almost had to pass on the role of Marvel's Sorcerer Supreme, but according to Empire, Marvel Studios shifted time - or at least the timeline for filming - to accomodate Cumberbatch.

But before Marvel rescheduled Doctor Strange from a Summer 2016 release to November 4, 2016 to accomodate Cumberatch's availablity, the studio considered several other high0profile actors, including Joaquin Phoenix, Ryan Gosling, and even Suicide Squad actor Jared Leto. 

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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 fulfil their faith in me.”

However, in the end, it was director Scott Derrickson who fought to change the schedule so Cumberbatch could star.

Doctor Strange is due for a November 4 theatrical release.

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