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Marvel puts Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch on Doctor Strange wish-list

06.06.2014

It looks like Marvel is finally putting together a cast list for its upcoming DOCTOR STRANGE movie. We now know that Scott Derrickson will direct the comic adaptation and rumors are rampant about who will land the magical role. It was just two days ago we talked about the Jared Leto rumor; so those of you personally affected by that can now get some rest it seems. Deadline is now reporting that Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch have made the list.

Suggesting these two stars for the role is really not that surprising; throw out big names and get people’s attention, why not? Both of these stars have a lot of projects already on the go, so it wouldn't be surprising to see them pass on this Unfortunately; Hardy is great is anything and just picturing him in the role has me nodding in approval.

Hardy's upcoming projects include Michaël R. Roskam’s crime-thriller THE DROP, Daniel Espinosa’s CHILD 44, and George Miller’s MAD MAX: FURY ROAD. Not to mention he’s also rumored to star opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s THE REVENANT. Cumberbatch, meanwhile, next appears in the Alan Turing biopic THE IMITATION GAME, and voices roles in THE PENGUINS OF MADAGASCAR and THE HOBBIT: THE BATTLE OF THE FIVE ARMIES.

To say these two are busy would be an understatement; but I guess "stranger" things have happened. Eh? Eh? Sorry...it's Friday.

There is no specific release date for the DOCTOR STRANGE movie, but Marvel has two placeholder dates set for unnamed features on July 8, 2016 and on May 5, 2017; the Doctor might see you then.

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1:43PM on 06/09/2014

Cumberbatch

he's smart..he's got the brainy looks...tom hardy much to macho looks..like bane, etc...Tom Hardy could be a better collossus or juggernaut
he's smart..he's got the brainy looks...tom hardy much to macho looks..like bane, etc...Tom Hardy could be a better collossus or juggernaut
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8:23PM on 06/08/2014
I could see Tom Hardy replacing Jackman as the Wolverine but not for Strange. Because Downey is almost done with Playing Stark and Marvel wants another mainstay to hold their universe together I feel you need a big name already for strange like Cruise, Depp, or my choice after watching True Detective I feel Mcconaughey would kill this role.
I could see Tom Hardy replacing Jackman as the Wolverine but not for Strange. Because Downey is almost done with Playing Stark and Marvel wants another mainstay to hold their universe together I feel you need a big name already for strange like Cruise, Depp, or my choice after watching True Detective I feel Mcconaughey would kill this role.
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1:24AM on 06/09/2014
Downey was flying way below the radar and Iron Man put him back on the map. I'm guessing Marvel is hoping that Dr. Strange will do the same. They'll either cast an unknown an acclaimed but affordable character actor or a former star who's light has dimmed some.
Downey was flying way below the radar and Iron Man put him back on the map. I'm guessing Marvel is hoping that Dr. Strange will do the same. They'll either cast an unknown an acclaimed but affordable character actor or a former star who's light has dimmed some.
7:30PM on 06/08/2014
Jude Law would be great and his chemistry with Downey in Sherlock Holmes would be about the same in the next Avengers.
Jude Law would be great and his chemistry with Downey in Sherlock Holmes would be about the same in the next Avengers.
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11:41PM on 06/07/2014
How about the guy that did Azazel? It strikes me as I scroll over his face. Jason Flemyng should make a great and strange Strange. He's done some great characters and deserves a starring role.
How about the guy that did Azazel? It strikes me as I scroll over his face. Jason Flemyng should make a great and strange Strange. He's done some great characters and deserves a starring role.
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12:32PM on 06/08/2014
Agreed.
Agreed.
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3:58PM on 06/07/2014
I really don't know... But what about Jim Carrey? He needs a boost and I think Marvel could do it for him with a character like this. These two guys need to be full on action heroes I think though, which is not the feeling I get of DR strange. I have a feeling I'm gonna get shot down and that's cool bc I don't know the character well, but I'd like to see Carrey do some good stuff again
I really don't know... But what about Jim Carrey? He needs a boost and I think Marvel could do it for him with a character like this. These two guys need to be full on action heroes I think though, which is not the feeling I get of DR strange. I have a feeling I'm gonna get shot down and that's cool bc I don't know the character well, but I'd like to see Carrey do some good stuff again
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4:05PM on 06/07/2014
Carrey should do more, but not this role I think...
Carrey should do more, but not this role I think...
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1:42PM on 06/07/2014
Tom Hardy is one of the most versatile actors around these days! He transforms himself with every role he gets! It's time he had a shot at a leading role like this!!!
Tom Hardy is one of the most versatile actors around these days! He transforms himself with every role he gets! It's time he had a shot at a leading role like this!!!
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12:33PM on 06/07/2014
Well, I think Hardy isn't classy-English enough for the part (but, then again, who knows: he's such a great actor).
DC, on the other hand, seems a bit TOO OBVIOUS. Not very Marvel to be so In The Box.
Yet, they both have such a great voice...
Well, I think Hardy isn't classy-English enough for the part (but, then again, who knows: he's such a great actor).
DC, on the other hand, seems a bit TOO OBVIOUS. Not very Marvel to be so In The Box.
Yet, they both have such a great voice...
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12:03PM on 06/07/2014
Vote for Pedro "Pascal".
Vote for Pedro "Pascal".
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6:05PM on 06/07/2014
Couldn't agree more
Couldn't agree more
10:26AM on 06/07/2014
Ummm, no and no.

But if it has to be one of them I say Cumberbatch all the way.
Ummm, no and no.

But if it has to be one of them I say Cumberbatch all the way.
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10:18AM on 06/07/2014

Neither

Viggo Mortensen or GTFO
Viggo Mortensen or GTFO
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12:14AM on 06/08/2014
Viggo's too old. The guy's freaking 56 already! Is he going to be Dr Strange or Gandolph?
Viggo's too old. The guy's freaking 56 already! Is he going to be Dr Strange or Gandolph?
10:08AM on 06/07/2014
I wouldn't have thought of either but Cumberbatch could work. Nothing against Tom Hardy but I don't see it, really. Still, he probably has the ability to convincingly inhabit the character if he put his mind to it.
I wouldn't have thought of either but Cumberbatch could work. Nothing against Tom Hardy but I don't see it, really. Still, he probably has the ability to convincingly inhabit the character if he put his mind to it.
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8:38AM on 06/07/2014
Benedict Cumberbatch would definitely be my choice here.
Benedict Cumberbatch would definitely be my choice here.
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4:47AM on 06/07/2014
Joaquin Phoenix has been my favorite casting rumor so far... Is he still in the running or was that debunked?
Joaquin Phoenix has been my favorite casting rumor so far... Is he still in the running or was that debunked?
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4:36AM on 06/07/2014
Keep Cumberbatch's ugly mutant face and hammy acting as far away from this as possible, please.
Keep Cumberbatch's ugly mutant face and hammy acting as far away from this as possible, please.
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3:50AM on 06/07/2014
Sounds good.
Sounds good.
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2:20AM on 06/07/2014

yeasterday, somewhere in Hollywood, Scott Derrickson took a meeting for the Dr Strange movie

"yeah... Dr. Strange... he's a sorcerer... so he needs some British sophistication like the rebooted Khan from Star Trek Into Darkness... hmmm... but he also needs to be badass like Bane."

and now we're here.
"yeah... Dr. Strange... he's a sorcerer... so he needs some British sophistication like the rebooted Khan from Star Trek Into Darkness... hmmm... but he also needs to be badass like Bane."

and now we're here.
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1:18AM on 06/07/2014
Cumberbatch please!
Cumberbatch please!
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2:14AM on 06/07/2014
so just about everybody here be cumberbitches?!
so just about everybody here be cumberbitches?!
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1:11AM on 06/07/2014
I'm sorry, but Pedro Pascal just doesn't have the head for this kind of character.
I'm sorry, but Pedro Pascal just doesn't have the head for this kind of character.
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2:13AM on 06/07/2014
too prone to bursting
too prone to bursting
10:30AM on 06/07/2014
I don't see him ever being the head of a major comic book franchise.
I don't see him ever being the head of a major comic book franchise.
1:05AM on 06/07/2014
That's the kind of quality actor they need! I like that they are thinking british for Strange, the more Shakespearean the better. But it doesn't really have to be one of these most visible of the current cream, does it? Plenty to choose from over there. I also think Hardy is a bit too burly for this, though I don't know how much of a chameleon he is.
That's the kind of quality actor they need! I like that they are thinking british for Strange, the more Shakespearean the better. But it doesn't really have to be one of these most visible of the current cream, does it? Plenty to choose from over there. I also think Hardy is a bit too burly for this, though I don't know how much of a chameleon he is.
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12:44AM on 06/07/2014
Oh man, that Cumberbatch voice doing Steange would be ace.
Oh man, that Cumberbatch voice doing Steange would be ace.
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2:11AM on 06/07/2014
twould be one of the steangest...heh
twould be one of the steangest...heh
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12:31AM on 06/07/2014

Neither!

Pedro Pascal FTW
Pedro Pascal FTW
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12:23AM on 06/07/2014
As already noted, I think these guys are too busy. And maybe a tad expensive? In any case, my vote still goes to Pedro Pascal.
As already noted, I think these guys are too busy. And maybe a tad expensive? In any case, my vote still goes to Pedro Pascal.
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12:20AM on 06/07/2014
Double yuck
Double yuck
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11:53PM on 06/06/2014

On another site

Someone recommended Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell on Game of Thrones) and now I can't imagine anyone else in the role!
Someone recommended Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell on Game of Thrones) and now I can't imagine anyone else in the role!
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12:16AM on 06/08/2014
It would be interesting to see Strange as something other than American or British. Pascal would be interesting, although I still think Cumberbatch would just absolutely crush it!
It would be interesting to see Strange as something other than American or British. Pascal would be interesting, although I still think Cumberbatch would just absolutely crush it!
11:52PM on 06/06/2014
No way could i picture Hardy as Dr.Strange. Cumberbatch however is a different story. That would be one of those rare Hollywood moments where they cast the PERFECT lead. Besides, Cumberbatch's schedule isn't really that full. He could absolutely fit this into his schedule. Voice acting doesn't take up nearly as much time as on screen acting. Make it happen Hollywood!
No way could i picture Hardy as Dr.Strange. Cumberbatch however is a different story. That would be one of those rare Hollywood moments where they cast the PERFECT lead. Besides, Cumberbatch's schedule isn't really that full. He could absolutely fit this into his schedule. Voice acting doesn't take up nearly as much time as on screen acting. Make it happen Hollywood!
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11:51PM on 06/06/2014
Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange? That's too perfect of a choice. I'll believe it when I see it.
Cumberbatch as Dr. Strange? That's too perfect of a choice. I'll believe it when I see it.
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11:11PM on 06/06/2014

Hardy isn't right.....

.....he's way too physical for the role, and wouldn't be able to be a believable Dr Strange. Cumberbatch has been my dream actor for the role for a while, so it's good to see Marvel looking at him for it.
.....he's way too physical for the role, and wouldn't be able to be a believable Dr Strange. Cumberbatch has been my dream actor for the role for a while, so it's good to see Marvel looking at him for it.
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11:22PM on 06/06/2014
I think Cumberbatch as Strange would be the best casting decision for the Marvel Universe since Downey Jr as Iron Man.
I think Cumberbatch as Strange would be the best casting decision for the Marvel Universe since Downey Jr as Iron Man.
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10:46PM on 06/06/2014

Why Does Tom Hardy Have To Be Up For Every Role?

He's completely wrong for Doctor Strange.
He's completely wrong for Doctor Strange.
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11:11PM on 06/06/2014
Completely agree. Just can't see him in the role.
Completely agree. Just can't see him in the role.
11:35PM on 06/06/2014
Probably because he's willing to transform himself for whatever role he's doing. Besides, this is just a baiting rumor.
Probably because he's willing to transform himself for whatever role he's doing. Besides, this is just a baiting rumor.
1:37PM on 06/07/2014
I agree with you, HoyleHaw! Hardy is one of the most versatile actors around!!!
I agree with you, HoyleHaw! Hardy is one of the most versatile actors around!!!
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10:43PM on 06/06/2014
Seems like someone was paying attention to the reaction of the Jared Leto rumor...
Seems like someone was paying attention to the reaction of the Jared Leto rumor...
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10:56PM on 06/06/2014
Were people upset? ;)
Were people upset? ;)
10:41PM on 06/06/2014
Benedict Cumberbatch is on my personal shortlist to play Doctor Strange, so if he's on Marvel's shortlist, then he is my choice out of the rumored three actors thus far.

Still pulling for Joaquin or Jon Hamm, even though it probably won't happen.
Benedict Cumberbatch is on my personal shortlist to play Doctor Strange, so if he's on Marvel's shortlist, then he is my choice out of the rumored three actors thus far.

Still pulling for Joaquin or Jon Hamm, even though it probably won't happen.
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10:51PM on 06/06/2014
I'm telling you Jonathan Rhys Meyers could nail it!
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I'm telling you Jonathan Rhys Meyers could nail it!
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11:09PM on 06/06/2014
I would be fine with Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Great underrated actor.
I would be fine with Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Great underrated actor.
10:18PM on 06/06/2014
This will very unpopular fine but I have to say it. Between the three Tom Hardy all the way. Cumberbatch's Dr. Strange will just be Sherlock/Khan remix **with magic!**! I can literally see how he would over-intensify ever line. Tom Hardy on the other hand can actually bring a unique spin on the guy. He can play intense like Cumberbatch but he has the advantage of being able to play subtle and internalize. I think for the character to be done right he needs not to be all faux-macho awesomeness
This will very unpopular fine but I have to say it. Between the three Tom Hardy all the way. Cumberbatch's Dr. Strange will just be Sherlock/Khan remix **with magic!**! I can literally see how he would over-intensify ever line. Tom Hardy on the other hand can actually bring a unique spin on the guy. He can play intense like Cumberbatch but he has the advantage of being able to play subtle and internalize. I think for the character to be done right he needs not to be all faux-macho awesomeness all the damn time. Some of the time is fine but it needs to have another side. Just my two cents.
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1:35PM on 06/07/2014
I agree!!!
I agree!!!
10:08PM on 06/06/2014
Littlefinger: "Tell me about Strange! Why does he wear the yellow sash!"
Littlefinger: "Tell me about Strange! Why does he wear the yellow sash!"
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10:19PM on 06/06/2014
And a David Niven mustache.
And a David Niven mustache.
12:31AM on 06/07/2014
Because he is a Klingon warrior?
Because he is a Klingon warrior?
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10:02PM on 06/06/2014

Cumberbatch.

I really like Tom Hardy but I do not want him in this role at all. Leto would be interesting but still, by far Cumberbatch would be my pick -- out of anyone (well, aside from like Viggo, but that's pretty much guaranteed to not happen at this point)
I really like Tom Hardy but I do not want him in this role at all. Leto would be interesting but still, by far Cumberbatch would be my pick -- out of anyone (well, aside from like Viggo, but that's pretty much guaranteed to not happen at this point)
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10:00PM on 06/06/2014
Benedict Cumberbatch, please! Look at him as Sherlock - put a mustache on him and that's Doctor Strange right there.
Benedict Cumberbatch, please! Look at him as Sherlock - put a mustache on him and that's Doctor Strange right there.
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9:46PM on 06/06/2014

If it's between these two and Leto...

...Cumberbatch for the win.
...Cumberbatch for the win.
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