Oh, the constant rumor mill of the comic book movie world. How it completes me. It's so much fun to speculate about casting and storylines, and even more fun to get excited about rumors. Just as long as you make sure to remind yourself they are, after all, ya know, rumors. Sometimes they're of the disheartening kind, like director after director reportedly being eyeballed for the now seemingly-doomed [Ant-Man](movie:9048) only to peace out on Marvel with a "Nope nope NOPE."
But the rumor that just hit the internet tornado courtesy of Deadline is kind of fantastic if it turns out to be true (and comes to fruition). Set your faces to stunned, y'all. Since the news that Scott Derrickson has been cast as the director of [Doctor Strange](movie:559685), it's full steam ahead for the Sorcerer Supreme's big screen debut. Word on the street is that Marvel is putting together its cast list, and two of the names on Marvel's wish list are Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy.
Obviously, they'll be in competition with quite a few people, including Matthew Modine, who has started a grassroots campaign to be Doctor Strange, and with both actors shooting upward in terms of popularity, the challenge will be whether or not either of them have time in their already-packed schedules (if you remember, Cumberbatch already had to drop out of Guillermo del Toro's [Crimson Peak](movie:774042) due to scheduling conflicts to be replaced by good friend Tom Hiddleston).
Tom Hardy, while an incredibly gifted actor, doesn't quite feel right for the role to me. He has comic book cred, having previously played Bane in [The Dark Knight Rises](movie:39011), but I don't really feel anything when I think of him as Doctor Strange.
Benedict Cumberbatch, on the other hand? I would be 156 kinds of down with that. He has the build, the voice, and the gravitas to pull off a role that runs the risk of turning completely cheesy and unbelievable without an actor with considerable skill in the role. I think Cumberbatch would be a good pilot for that ship, don't you?
Of course, this is all unconfirmed, and even if true, there's no guarantee it would happen. Still, a girl can dream, right?