ByKatie Granger, writer at Creators.co
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Katie Granger

's Doctor Strange proved to be another rousing success for the studio when it released toward the end of last year, following on the heels of the box office breaking Captain America: Civil War. While finished third at the US box office for last year — beaten out by Rogue One for second place at the eleventh hour — Doctor Strange is sitting pretty at a current worldwide gross of $658 million.

And — despite certain problems with a certain villain was well received by critics too, sitting very pretty with an impressive 90% approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. While the fact that the movie is an installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe would usually be enough to draw the crowds, this movie in particular was backed up by an impressive amount of star power.

The cast of 'Doctor Strange' at Comic Con [Credit: Entertainment Weekly]
The cast of 'Doctor Strange' at Comic Con [Credit: Entertainment Weekly]

From Oscar nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor to Hannibal's Mads Mikkelsen, True Detective's Rachel McAdams and the indomitable Tilda Swinton, there was an impressive roster going in. And then of course there's the Doctor himself — Benedict Cumberbatch – who went from stage to screen to become one of the most sought after actors in the world.

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It's no secret that Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson had always had his eye fixed firmly on Cumberbatch for the part of Strange, and it's not difficult to see why. His tall gaunt figure and unusual features make him a perfect aesthetic match for the character, and he also possess a proven acting ability to prop that up. Although, we're still not sure about his American accent.

But Cumberbatch wasn't the only actor considered for the role. When he was first sought for the part he had to turn it down due to his commitment to portraying the titular character in the Barbican's Hamlet in London, and so Marvel reluctantly began to look elsewhere. Of the actors considered were Joaquin Phoenix, Jared Leto, and Ryan Gosling.

Three very different actors all up for the same role. Putting aside how much of an odd choice Leto would've been for the part, its interesting to think how different things would've been with any of these three beneath Strange's cape. And now we've gotten a little peek at what could've been had Gosling landed the role, thanks to professional conceptual artist Court Chu.

[Credit: Court Chu @ The Aaron Sims Company]
[Credit: Court Chu @ The Aaron Sims Company]

Yesterday he posted a few concept images of what Gosling would've looked like in the role, writing on his blog:

I worked probably not even a day on some version of Doctor Strange years ago, and back then they wanted Gosling.

It's certainly odd to see the typically blonde Gosling sporting Strange's dark hair, moustache and goatee, and he somehow looks too young to fit the role here, despite being only a few years younger than Cumberbatch. It's certainly an interesting look at what could've been though.

[Credit: Court Chu @ The Aaron Sims Company]
[Credit: Court Chu @ The Aaron Sims Company]

Chu also posted a cute storyboard image showing us how Doctor Strange changes from his civilian clothes into his sorcerer's garb via a concealed cloak — probably the famous Cloak of Levitation. It's interesting to note that his facial hair doesn't appear here until he pulls out the cloak, which can mean only one thing — magic facial hair confirmed for Doctor Strange 2.

[Credit: Court Chu @ The Aaron Sims Company]
[Credit: Court Chu @ The Aaron Sims Company]

What do you think of Ryan Gosling as Doctor Strange? Who would've been your dream casting for the role? Have your say in the comments below!

(Source: Court Chu)

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