Kevin Feige On Casting Doctor Strange

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Last year, it was announced that Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch would play the much coveted role of Doctor Strange in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but prior to his casting, we had heard of several other individuals who were considered for the role, including the likes of Joaquin Phoenix, Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, Ewan McGregor and Ethan Hawkwe, who has previously worked with director Scott Derrickson. Speaking with EW, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige revealed that Cumberbatch was always their first choice from the get-go, but casting the actor was very tricky due to his busy schedule. Here’s what he had to say:

He was someone that we were very interested in for a very long time, [But] he kept getting more and more popular! [Laughs] Which is not [essential] for us. Chris Pratt was not popular when we cast him in Guardians. That’s not a prerequisite needed for us casting [someone]. But he kept getting more popular, and more popular, and he kept getting busier, and busier, and it looked like the timing wasn’t going to work. So we looked at some other actors for a while and ultimately decided, ‘We have to try and make it work with Benedict and with his schedule.’ Which is why we shifted the production schedule around. He finished Hamlet here in London, and I think had a day off, and then went to Kathmandu, Nepal, to shoot the first day of Doctor Strange.

After getting our first official look at Cumberbatch as the Sorcerer Supreme yesterday, I have to admit that the actor looks like he was born to play the character. What do you guys think? Would you have liked someone else in the role? If so, let us know who in the comment section below.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

Michael Bezanidis

Michael Bezanidis

Michael is the Managing Editor of Heroic Hollywood. When he's not playing video games, he's usually writing about film and television.