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Doctor Strange (2016 Movie)

Benedict Cumberbatch almost missed out on the chance to play Doctor Strange, but the actor recently revealed Marvel wanted him for the role so bad that the powers that be pushed back the film’s release to accommodate his busy schedule.

“I really did think I had to kiss it goodbye,” Cumberbatch told Empire magazine. In addition to Sherlock, the in-demand actor was committed to playing Hamlet on the London stage.

Marvel had also been looking to actors like Joaquin Phoenix, Ryan Gosling, and Jared Leto to fill the role, but director Scott Derrickson said Cumberbatch was “the only actor we seriously considered.” Marvel Studios head honcho Kevin Feige agreed. “It’s got to be Benedict,” he said, so they ended up pushing the initial summer 2016 release to its current slot on Nov. 4.

“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.”


Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen, Rachel McAdams, and Benedict Wong also star in the film.

Doctor Strange (2016 Movie)
  • Movie
  • 120 minutes