If Benedict Cumberbatch wasn't able to play Doctor Strange, Marvel had their sites set on Joaquin Phoenix, Jared Leto and Ryan Gosling for the role.
Concept artist Court Chu has now posted Ryan Gosling Doctor Strange concept art revealing, "I worked probably not even a day on some version of Doctor Strange years ago, and back then they wanted Gosling."
With the movie now out, obviously Benedict Cumberbatch seems made for the role of Doctor Strange, but Ryan Gosling might not be a bad choice for a superhero role. If I was a betting man, I would bet Ryan Gosling is DCEU bound.
"Doctor Strange" is directed by Scott Derrickson starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel McAdams, Tilda Swinton, Benedict Wong, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Mads Mikkelsen.
Marvel’s Doctor Strange follows the story of the talented neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a tragic car accident, must put ego aside and learn the secrets of a hidden world of mysticism and alternate dimensions. Based in New York City’s Greenwich Village, Doctor Strange must act as an intermediary between the real world and what lies beyond, utilising a vast array of metaphysical abilities and artifacts to protect the Marvel cinematic universe.