‘Avengers: Infinity War’ To Use Stand-In For Doctor Strange

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With Avengers: Infinity War going into production in less than a month, everyone is surely scrambling to get everything into place.

Tom Holland’s Spider-Man is set to appear in the film, as well as Zoe Saldana’s Gamora from Guardians of the Galaxy. After all, it is an event that will finally put all the pieces of the long-running infinity stone story together.

And although Benedict Cumberbatch’s Doctor Strange is supposed to also appear in the film, it looks like conflicting filming schedules won’t let him appear in every scene he’s supposed to be in. In his place will be a Doctor Strange stand-in.

Reports are that the stand-in will be actor Aaron Lazar, who will suit up as the superhero in Cumberbatch’s place, at least until Cumberbatch can come in and shoot his scenes.

This sounds pretty complicated, even though it isn’t unheard of. Going back to reshoot scenes that Lazar would have already stood in for would make production go on for longer and would also have Disney and Marvel spend more money (something they surely won’t want to do) to get it to happen.

But a source says that the studios won’t be digitally placing Cumberbatch’s face onto Lazar’s, so the reshoots will probably be for when the scene calls for Doctor Strange’s face to appear. Otherwise, a body shot, or a shot from behind won’t be an issue for the stand-in.

What do you think about all of this? Do you think it makes things more complicated for Avengers: Infinity War? Does it matter that a stand-in will probably be used for many of Doctor Strange’s scenes, at least at first? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!

Keep checking back for more updates on this story as production on Infinity War nears.

Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled to hit theaters May 4, 2018.

Source: Page Six

Mae Abdulbaki

Mae Abdulbaki

Mae Abdulbaki is an entertainment journalist and Weekend Editor at Heroic Hollywood. She's a geek, a lover of words, superheroes, and all things entertainment.

  • Bill

    Guaranteed no one notice, I’m sure no one involved is pleased with the process though

    • Ci Ecast

      I’m sure Aaron Lazar is pretty pleased

      • Bill

        Ha. That’s a good point

  • french014

    this is common practice is TV and film. So much time and production goes into these mediums and there is almost no point in needing your actor to travel to a location, just to get some establishing shots of them walking into a building or something. It’s smart and efficient. If you watch the behind the scenes of CA:TWS tons of shots and stunts were completed that way… as they should be! It keeps everyone working!!!

  • Cinephilia Lovegood

    This isn’t anything new for Marvel. It’s the most extreme use of the practice, but Cumberbatch will film his scenes late in production or during the reshoots. All of the reshoots are factored into the schedule and budget to such an extent that they actually over-budget. There won’t be any scenes where Cumberbatch isn’t involved like he normally would be otherwise.

  • Steve Steve

    This is not good, but also not a big deal. As others have said here, Marvel has done a lot of this, where they don’t have all the actors on set at the same time, for the same scene. Marvel Studios is very skilled at executing a tight schedule.

    We definitely do need more scenes like the party scene from Ultron. Where everyone is there, displaying the group dynamic that makes these ensemble pieces so good. Benedict and RDJ need to be in a room together at some point.

  • AlphaBlu

    Go and watch the Lord of the Rings trilogy, especially The Two Towers. Every time you see Aragorn, Legolas and Gimli running around together that wasn’t John Rhys-Davies, it was his scale double. Did you ever notice it even once?

    Same goes for the shots of everyone together in the Fellowship. You think Sean Astin et al. are that short? Again, scale doubles.

    • Roman Cruz

      To be fair, the hobbit scale doubles were more noticeable, as the body proportions of a real-life dwarf and a digitally-miniaturized Elijah Wood are pretty different.

      That said, most films actually use stand-ins and stunt doubles for their leads all the time, and nobody notices, or it’s not glaring enough to be an issue.