In less than a month, Marvel Studios will unleash its latest superhero franchise as Benedict Cumberbatch takes on the role of the Sorcerer Supreme in Doctor Strange. However, speaking to Empire, the British actor has revealed that he almost missed out due to his commitments to a stage production of Hamlet.
“[I] really did think I had to kiss it goodbye,” said Cumberbatch. “If you can’t jump on board when the ride’s going past, that’s usually it. So the hugest compliment they paid me was to come back to me. It motivated me to try to fulfill their faith in me.”
As it happened, director Scott Derrickson felt that Cumberbatch was the only fit for the role, despite meeting with Jared Leto, Ryan Gosling and Joaquin Phoenix, so Marvel chief Kevin Feige pushed the film back from its original summer date in order to secure Cumberbatch’s participation.
Meanwhile, Cumberbatch has also confirmed that he’ll be following up his solo debut with an appearance alongside Earth’s Mightiest Heroes in Avengers: Infinity War, stating that: “To get us all together will be quite something. That’s why this character is being introduced, to open up the next chapter. So watch this space to see how that unfolds.
Doctor Strange will hit theaters on November 6, 2016.
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