DOCTOR STRANGE Casting News: Marvel’s Short List Includes Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch

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Word has it that Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch are on Marvel’s short list of actors to play the lead in Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange film.  Then again, it’s not really fair to label this as news since these two are on pretty much everyone’s short list from big-budget studio pictures down to your uncle’s buddy cop movie Kickstarter campaign.  Just a couple of days ago, we heard that Jared Leto was rumored to be circling the role as a more “controversial choice.”  Hardy and Cumberbatch would certainly be much less risky choices to play the arrogant surgeon who becomes the Sorcerer Supreme.  Hit the jump for more.

Deadline reports that tom-hardy-doctor-strangeHardy and Cumberbatch are atop Marvel’s short list for actors to play the lead in Doctor Strange.  Of course they are.  Aim high and see if you can afford them; if not, move on to the next best thing.  Hardy’s already established his role in comic book movie lore with his portrayal of Bane in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises, while the closest Cumberbatch has gotten would be his parts in J.J. Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness or, as a stretch, Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit trilogy.  (Just stop for a moment and imagine the impending emotional explosion of Cumberbatch squaring off against Tom Hiddleston’s Loki on the big screen.)

I’d be surprised if either of them ultimately takes the role, as their schedules are jam-packed for the conceivable future and Marvel’s not likely to delay their calendar.  Hardy’s upcoming pictures include Michaël R. Roskam’s crime-thriller The Drop, Daniel Espinosa’s Child 44, the musical London Road, plus George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road.  He’s also in pre-production on Brian Helgeland’s thriller Legend, and is 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 MadagascarThe Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and Magik.  He just started filming on Scott Cooper’s Black Mass and is next expected to move on to Gary Oldman’s Flying Horse.

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  • TJW

    Yeah I doubt this is a short list. Probably 2 of 80.

  • Strong Enough

    Why is Leto so controversial? I read the other day he sounded arrogant and douchey in his press tour. anyone got clips of this?

    • Jeremy Flores

      His speeches during the award circuits is a good place to start.

      or you can just google “Jared Leto self-absorbed” which is ironically what Doctor Strange is pre-Sorcerer Surpreme.

      • LEM

        Or just google “Jared Leto”.

      • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepr1xp/index.html unsean

        Good point.

    • Redjester

      I’ve loved Leto’s work since Requiem for a Dream and Fight Club, so no controversy here… except for the fact that he’s simply too short and perhaps won’t be able to convey the cerebral (almost professorial) intelligence needed for the character… and his voice is too high pitched. But as an actor, I consider him to be near elite (would’ve probably been elite had he focused more of his life on film rather than music).

      • Guy

        I don’t see what the controversy is, you’d swear he was killing puppies or something. I don’t care if he’s a dick in real life, Prefontaine can act. But Hardy and Cumberbatch are great choices as well.

      • LEM

        As great and depressing as “Requiem for a Dream” was the first scene that comes to mind when hearing about it is always “ass to ass”.

    • Zircon

      I’ve searched and none can be found…because they don’t exist.
      In fact, he was the polar opposite of “arrogant” and “douchey.”

  • Jeremy Flores

    Doctor Strange is supposed to replace Iron Man as the marquee non-Avengers franchise with RDJ almost out of the door. Cumberbatch makes sense. Fuck Leto.

    • Redjester

      No reason to bash Leto as he’s actually a very talented actor. That said, he’s simply too short, his voice too high pitched, and lacks the inherent professorial/cerebral intelligence that Cumberbatch exudes rather effortlessly.

  • AverageGamers

    I’ll be honest, I squealed when I read the name Tom Hardy on the headline.
    YES, eventhough IMO he’s much suited as Punisher, I think he’s gonna be a wonderful Strange! Gonna shout real loud throughout the house if he ended up getting the role…

    Oh and Cumberbatch? I have no issue with him, but kinda really tired to see his name popping here and there and everywhere.

    • Jake

      who squeals and admits it?

    • Redjester

      Cumberbatch’s name is popping up everywhere because he’s an excellent ‘young’ actor who’s actually game for these type of roles (a rarity for actors of his magnitude).

      I agree that Hardy should play the Punisher. Never thought about it before, but he’d knock it out of the park.

    • d

      I agree that Cumberbatch is the current go-to name for every single casting wish list for like every movie. This makes the most sense out of all of those. Him as Dr. Strange would be SO perfect!

    • d

      I agree that Cumberbatch is the current go-to name for every single casting wish list for like every movie. This makes the most sense out of all of those. Him as Dr. Strange would be SO perfect!

      • d

        However I have to give you some props for suggesting Tom Hardy for the Punisher. THAT would also be some perfect casting. If they ever decide to do him correctly, they would have to get Hardy.

    • Andrew Sanders

      Seriously?
      I don’t think either of these two, admittedly, fine actors would be right for the part of Dr. Strange.I’d go with Viggo Mortensen to be honest.

    • O.G. Loc

      I personally don’t see him as Strange. I would rather see him as Wolverine. But it depends what they’ll do with the character and the franchise. But I think Tom Hardy isn’t interested in signing a contract for multiple movies. I think that’s one of the reasons he played Bane. He knew it was the last one. Out of these two, I think Cumberbatch will land the role.

  • DoremusJessup

    Either of these two would be great. If not though, I’d love to see Mads Mikkelsen get a look.

    • World’s Finest Comments

      I’m still hoping Mads will play Brainiac one day.

      • Batt Damon

        I’d rather see Cumbercatch as Brainiac and Mads as Doctor Strange

    • Aquartertoseven

      Viggo Mortensen. That is all.

      • DoremusJessup

        Would love Viggo. He definitely has the charisma. Only thing I’d be worried about with Mads is if his usually stern/stoic demeanor would fit in with the increasingly whimsical and quirky tone of the Marvel Universe.

  • Bob

    My God…everyones dream was for Cumberbatch to be Strange…everyone know’s that it was dream casting. Like he would be the perfect choice. Please let this happen. Please lol.

    • Old Soldier

      “My name is…..Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhk-tor Strange.”

    • Redjester

      Haha, agreed.

      I was talking to a friend the other day, telling them they should give the show Sherlock a chance, and they were like “Oh, isn’t he that guy that looks like a wizard/sorcerer?” and I was like “Yep.”

      And this is why BC is the perfect choice for Dr. Strange.

  • Redjester

    F*cking excellent casting if this is indeed the short list as both would do the character proud!

    That said, I’m definitely pulling for Cumberbatch! BC is possibly my favorite actor of his generation and Dr. Strange is possibly my favorite Marvel character. Combine that with the fact that BC looks like a wizard/sorcerer to begin with and this might just be my favorite casting choice Marvel has made thus far (assuming he’s chosen of course).

    A lot of awesome movie news lately!

  • Dan

    I would love to see Mads Mikkelsen as the Doctor. He’s probably too busy with Hannibal, but I’ve wanted to see him in a Marvel film ever since he had to pass on The Dark World.

    • Redjester

      Mikkelsen would be another fantastic choice.

  • Jim Bo

    Tom Hardy is also doing splinter cell, but even with these busy schedules, you’ve got to remember we’re talking about a film that is coming out in 2016, so there’s a bit of time for these projects to subside.

    • TJW

      Hardy has the Krays movie, possibly The Revenant, Taboo miniseries, True American, Rocketman, Splinter Cell all on his plate. Also the Mad Max franchise if that takes off. Plus a bunch of other stuff he’s developing. He’s not going to commit to the mandatory 6-9 picture deal.

      • Jim Bo

        That’s definately true. I think Cumberbatch and Leto are more suitable anyway.

  • The Flobbit

    Both of these guys are some of the greatest actors working today. Tom Hardy can bury himself in a role like no one else. But he’s too physical – this was BANE, remember? And he’s not “smart-looking” enough.

    Cumberbatch would be the obvious choice: he’s popular, looks the part and is a great actor. I wish they went for someone else, but I would not be whining if these dudes were cast (that much).

    • Warriorfight

      have you seen him in “Inception.” He’s great in that, and once more, he’s smart in that role. I think he can play “smart,” he generally looks, to me, like a smart person. And they have make-up if they don’t think so.

      • Andrew Sanders

        Seriously?
        I don’t think either of these two, admittedly, fine actors would be right for the part of Dr. Strange.I’d go with Viggo Mortensen to be honest.

      • Grendal Sven

        I love Viggo, but I don’t think he feels right for Dr Strange.

    • Grendal Sven

      I know I will probably get reamed for this, but I think Johnny Depp would be good for the role if directed properly. And by properly, I mean smacked in the chops every time he makes a goofy face.

      I also like Aidan Gillen for the role, I never pictured Dr Strange as a big guy, and I like what he does as Littlefinger on GOT, he’s got that sly, smart look.

      Another good pick is Jason Isaacs. He’s got the looks, he’s got the chops, I think he would make an excellent Dr Strange.

      The movie is probably below Depp’s paygrade, but I think it would be a good career move for either of the other two.

  • Jim Bo

    What’s the bet that we are hearing all this Dr. Strange talk because they are looking to swap the release dates of Ant-man and Dr. Strange? So much controversy going on with Ant-man’s director, I wouldn’t be surprised their prepping Dr. Strange for a 2015 fall release.

    • The Flobbit

      That would actually be a smart move. Scott Derrickson seems to have his act together, whereas Ant-Man is going into Jane Got a Gun mode (remember that?).

      • Jim Bo

        Yes, but Edgar Wright didn’t show up on the first day of set drunk, so I don’t think we’re in such bad hands.

      • The Flobbit

        Worse. That woman-director of Jane Got a Gun did not turn up at all. I am talking about the reshoots and recasts, however.

      • Jim Bo

        Oh, I swear she rocked up on set drunk and abusive and production was shut down because one of the actors left due to that. But yes, losing a director is worse than losing an actor these days. And considering they are toying with such low-brow comedy directors, I think they need to delay the film and let another, decent director jump on board. I honestly hope Ruben Fleisher gets on board, I’ve liked all his films, which are all action-comedy to some extent.

    • Matt

      I would not be surprised either. Great point!

  • eternalozzie

    Tom Hardy would be a terrible casting. Leto or Cummby would be much better.

  • Christian

    I know he’s not a big name, but I think Mark Duplass would be a great Dr. Strange.

    • MJ

      Dan Marino’s former wide receiver in the 1980′s?

      • MCP

        Mark Duper.

    • Django9000

      He’s the man!!! I could definitely see it. Safety Not Guaranteed & Your Sister’s Sister & every minor role he takes are real standouts. He could use & would not waste such a brrakthru- & could def hold his own against Downey.

  • World’s Finest Comments

    Everyone knows it should be Idris Elba.

    • Redjester

      Elba would be a pretty badass Punisher, actually. Strange? Not so much.

      And yes I’m fully aware of the sarcasm in your post.

      • MCP

        Actually I wouldn’t mind a race change in something like the Punisher. As the character is created through tragedy, that can be translated anyway. If done right….

        Does the same studio hold the rights for The Punisher?

      • 80sRobot

        I believe Marvel now holds the rights to Punisher again. I figure the character would work better as a Netflix series.

      • World’s Finest Comments

        I agree. There have been 3 Punisher movies already and all of them are pretty @#$%ing terrible, aside from the casting of Thomas Jane.

      • Old Soldier

        4 if you count Laundry Day.

  • World’s Finest Comments

    Technically Cumberbatch and Hiddleston already worked together on War Horse, and the horse had more emotion in their scenes together…

  • agent777

    I’m happy/sad that [arbitrary big name actor] will play Doctor Strange.

  • ScratStitch

    Benedict should clone himself so he can do this. That voice…shit, it would be PERFECT for a character such as Doctor Strange!

    • Redjester

      Plus we know he can bulk up enough thanks to Star Trek: Into Darkness.

  • Zircon

    Nothing “controversial” about Jared Leto as an actor…he’s extraordinary…
    Plus he isn’t “circling” anything. They’d be lucky to get him…but I don’t
    see him committing to a multi-picture deal…He has too much going on,
    both in film and music. I think they would have the same availability problem
    with Cumberbatch and Hardy.

    • Zircon

      Plus I think they’re just floating names to see what the response is.
      I’m sure we’ll hear a few more from the “short list”

  • Ridge

    IMO, Hardy looks more like a action badass dude, on the other hand, Cumberbatch (with a mustache) will totally looks like Strange, he’s also a great actor and I think he has that mysterious touch of Dr. Stephen.

    #CumberbatchForStrange

  • MJ

    BC is a good TV actor, but he has been pretty average in his movies to date. I was expecting more from him in Star Trek Into Darkness, and he was only OK in the Julian Assange movie.

  • Royale With Cheese

    Marvel, if you sign either of these two, especially Hardy, I’ll forget this whole Ant-Man thing ever happened.

  • Batt Damon

    I feel like these choices are way too obvious for Marvel. Their choices are usually left of field and interesting rather than names that are bandied around for every major role.

    • Bob

      Cumberbatch would be interesting and the best possible casting.

      Besides what people say his biggest roles so far are Still Sherlock and Star Trek. Maybe he can win an Oscar this year though with the Imitation Game.

      This, would put him on the map big time.

  • MCP

    I’m still down with whomever said Oded Fehr. I can hear the same voice he used in The Mummy. Eh Voila?

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  • Kayla

    Ugh, I am sick to death of Cumberbatch at this point. Dear god Marvel, don’t cast him, please.

    I get it, he’s a great actor and a great on Sherlock. That doesn’t mean he has to be in FUCKING EVERYTHING.

    • Bob

      What is everything? Just wondering…he’s a voice in hobbit…and his other two Big Roles is Sherlock and Star Trek. That is it. Maybe he can get nominated/win an Oscar this year for The Imiatation Game. He may be FAN CASTED in everything but he is not ACTUALLY IN everything. And this, this casting, would actually suit him unlike most fan castings. This is the best true fan casting. And it would be fantastic.

      • Kayla

        He was in two blockbusters and three Oscar hopefuls last year alone. I get that he is in demand, but that is a lot to stomach of one actor.

      • Bob

        He was a voice in one of those blocknusters…and those Oscar movies were small and did nothing. He hasnt been in as much as people say. You would think he’s like Denzel, or Leo, or Tom Cruise with some of you guys complaining he’s in everything.

  • Pk

    I rather they went with Richard armitage since he’s a newcomer and deserves a big break. Plus he looks the part as compared to cumberbatch and hardy

    • Hamish

      He was in Cap 1 as the German spy that killed Stanley Tucci. They aren’t gonna use him again.

      • Pk

        That’s just a small role nobody even noticed. He’s gonna look different with a moustache and a small beard

  • LEM

    Tom Hardy would be a great addition to the Marvel Universe but as Doctor Strange that seems a little….what’s the word?

    • Grayden

      Off.

  • cineast4

    Sherlock, Alan Turing, Stephen Hawking, ‘Khan’
    and now possibly Dr. Strange for Cumberbatch…
    He has certainly found his niche in intelligence.

  • cineast4

    Sherlock, Alan Turing, Stephen Hawking, ‘Khan’
    and now possibly Dr. Strange for Cumberbatch…
    He has certainly found his niche in intelligence.

  • Mezmero

    Marvel should take chance on another actor from the old F4 movies Ioan Gruffudd.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sangbaran Sam

    How about Fassbender?
    I know he is already Magneto.

  • Mickey

    I never thought he was the “best” choice for Daredevil, but I could totally see Michael C. Hall as the Sorceror Supreme. They need both a physical presence and a believable actor that can shout incantations. In my mind, Hall totally fits that bill.

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  • Rjd12345

    Both actors should be cast as superheroes and both actors deserve to be better characters than Dr. Strange.

  • Bob

    Came back to read this article again…please let Cumberbatch be Strange. Announce it before he gets his 1st Oscar nomination for The Imitation Game.

  • Beefdong

    Honestly I’d love to see Peter Dinklage as the sorcerer. The man has acting talent that he could get dispose of, and still be better than a lot of other actors.

  • doctor_robot

    tom hardy? eh… why?

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  • Jonboy

    Ralph Fienes!!

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