Yep that’s right. We almost had a ‘Doctor Strange’ played by none other than Jared Leto. According to Empire, Director Scott Derrickson, after Benedict Cumberbatch said that it wasn’t possible at the time to play the part due to “scheduling conflicts”, Derrickson looked at other actors; among them were Joaquin Phoenix and Ryan Gosling. After seeing all other options, it was decided that to accommodate their number one pick, they would push back production for the film.
Do you see a resemblance?
Leto was pretty busy a few months later though, as he had picked up his role in Suicide Squad as the Joker. Between Doctor Strange and Suicide Squad, he might have had more screen time as the sorcerer than what he was left with, though some would argue that he made the better choice.
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