In 2016, Ryan Gosling gave a magical performance in La La Land — singing and dancing his way to a Golden Globe nominator for Best Actor in a Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, but he almost gave another magical performance this past year...as Doctor Strange!
In 2014, when Marvel began searching for their Sorcerer Supreme, Benedict Cumberbatch was the only actor seriously considered by director Scott Derrickson; however, the Sherlock star couldn't accept the role initially because he had already committed to playing Hamlet in London’s Barbican in autumn of 2015. Marvel eventually waited for Cumberbatch's busy schedule to free up, but in that interim, they met with other actors for the role: Joaquin Phoenix (Signs), Jared Leto (Suicide Squad), and Ryan Gosling.
Even though the Doctor Strange has grossed $658 million at the worldwide box office, so far, some will wonder how the film would've turned out if one of the aforementioned runner-ups landed the role.
Now, thanks to professional conceptual artist Court Chu, we at least know what Gosling would've looked like as Doctor Strange. He's updated his website with two pieces of concept art featuring Gosling in Strange's mystical wardrobe. "I worked probably not even a day on some version of Doctor Strange years ago," Chu wrote, "and back then they wanted Gosling."
From Marvel comes DOCTOR STRANGE, the story of world-famous neurosurgeon Dr. Stephen Strange whose life changes forever after a horrific car accident robs him of the use of his hands. When traditional medicine fails him, he is forced to look for healing, and hope, in an unlikely place – a mysterious enclave known as Kamar-Taj. He quickly learns that this is not just a center for healing but also the front line of a battle against unseen dark forces bent on destroying our reality. Before long Strange – armed with newly acquired magical powers – is forced to choose whether to return to his life of fortune and status or leave it all behind to defend the world as the most powerful sorcerer in existence. Join Strange on his dangerous, mystifying, and totally mind-bending journey.
The cast features Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock, Star Into Darkness, The Imitation Game), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Rachel McAdams (Sherlock Holmes), Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man), Mads Mikkelsen (Casino Royale), and Tilda Swinton (The Grand Budapest Hotel).
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Doctor Strange is coming to DVD and Blu-Ray on February 28, 2017.