Benedict Cumberbatch Was Marvel's Only Choice for DOCTOR STRANGE
Director Scott Derrickson wanted Benedict Cumberbatch in the role of Doctor Strange so bad that after he initially turned the part down due to scheduling conflicts, he convinced Marvel to move the production back to accommodate the actor's schedule.
Derrickson explained to Empire that Cumberbatch was the only actor they seriously considered. Derrickson met with several other great actors for the role, including Joaquin Phoenix, Jared Leto, and Ryan Gosling, but he said Cumberbatch was the only one he wanted.
Cumberbatch was humbled that Marvel and Derrickson came back to him after having met with all these other actors. When talking about it he said:
"I really did think I had to kiss it goodbye. If you can’t jump on board when the ride’s going past. That’s usually it, so the hugest compliment they paid me was to come back to me. It motivated me to try to fulfill their faith in me."
It's pretty incredible that the studio was actually willing to delay the film to ensure that Cumberbatch could star in the movie. That speaks volumes. Marvel could have easily just told Derrickson no and that he had to pick another actor to star in the film, but they wanted to make sure that they got the best Doctor Strange possible.
Benedict Cumberbatch is obviously the definitive Doctor Strange, and well get to see him in action on November 4th!