Benedict Cumberbatch & Tom Hardy Shortlisted for 'Doctor Strange'

June 9, 2014
Source: Deadline

Doctor Strange / Benedict Cumberbatch

The weekend finally brought news that Marvel had locked down a director for the troubled production of Ant-Man with Yes Man and The Break-Up director Peyton Reed getting behind the camera and Anchorman and Step Brothers writer/director Adam McKay contributing to the script before cameras roll next month. Now Marvel is looking ahead to their next developing Phase Three title, Doctor Strange. The comic book studio has already lined up Deliver Us from Evil and Sinister director Scott Derrickson to be at the helm, and now Deadline reports Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy are candidates to star. Read on!

It sounds like this is just an early wishlist, and neither of these actors have an offer to take the role or anything like that. Marvel can draw some pretty impressive talent, but Cumberbatch and Hardy don't seem too keen on blockbusters. Though the former starred in Star Trek Into Darkness and the former in The Dark Knight Rises and Inception, they're more inclined to take smaller dramas or less bombastic films. But again, Marvel is all the rage right now, so they just might be interested in joining that universe after all. For my money, Cumberbatch seems like the best choice, but Hardy is a chameleon too. Either would be a great casting choice, but we'll see how this plays out. Who do you want to play Doctor Strange?

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Reader Feedback - 14 Comments


Jared Leto please!

izakkson on Jun 9, 2014


Black Panther as Dr. Strange.

mooreworthy on Jun 9, 2014


BC if either of them. I kind of liked Leto.

OfficialJab on Jun 9, 2014


Sacha baron Cohen

The Walking Cuban on Jun 9, 2014


Hardy would make a better Chameleon than Dr. Strange actually.

MattPeloquin on Jun 9, 2014


I'll take Cumberbatch of the two.

VAharleywitch on Jun 9, 2014


All good choices IMO

Rock n Rollllll on Jun 9, 2014


I see, Tom Hardy as a more physical actor. And Cumberbatch as the better choice of both.

toonfed on Jun 9, 2014


Mel Gibson would be perfect. Have you seen him lately? he's gigantic and has the perfect beard

Astroboy3000 on Jun 9, 2014


Hell to the YES (to either man)!!!

DAVIDPD on Jun 9, 2014


Personally, I think Jared Leto would give the most interesting, creative, and inspired performance. Why did you leave Leto's name off the rumor list? It's pretty much on everybody else's.

GG on Jun 10, 2014


Isn't Dr Strange supposed to be an older guy?

Traxy on Jun 10, 2014


Hellen Mirren for Doctor Strange.

capitandelespacio on Jun 10, 2014


This is a role that Keanu Reeves would be great in.

Eric Wilson on Jun 10, 2014

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