There was a brief time when Marvel was courting Ryan Gosling as the Sorcerer Supreme in their long-gestating Doctor Strange movie. Turns out negotiations were so close they even commissioned some concept art from Court Chu, which has just recently surfaced publicly for the first time.
Court Chu, a noted concept artist who has worked on films such as Silence, Wonder Woman and War for the Planet of the Apes, posted some concept art he drew of Gosling as Doctor Strange several years ago. “I worked probably not even a day on some version of Doctor Strange years ago, and back then they wanted Gosling.” Chu wrote in a blog last November, but which is only now being discovered.
Take a look at the pencil-thin mustachio Gosling in Chu’s concept art below:
The portrait on the left looks more in line with what Marvel ended up going with on the Cumberbatch version. The cloth here seems more practical, simplified but with a very large, rather impractical cape. However, the texture in the second portrait does feel more in line with a classic superhero outfit.
Joaquin Phoenix was in prolonged talks to take on the role before backing out, and then a number of other names surfaced as possibilities, including Ryan Gosling. Gosling’s potential casting surfaced back in October 2014, a few months after talks with Joaquin Phoenix broke down. At that point, Jared Leto, Justin Theroux, Ethan Hawke, and Keanu Reeves were in the running as well, but it appears Marvel considered Gosling seriously enough to commission some concept art of the actor in the part.
So while Cumberbatch was busy with Hamlet on the West End and Phoenix’s negotiations were falling through, Gosling was being eyed for Warner Bros.’ Suicide Squad as all the studios were hoping he’d finally sign onto a superhero film, but the actor took on La La Land and Blade Runner 2049 instead. Gosling has been having a very good 2016 with accolades and high praise for all his movies. Not to mention recently signing on to La La Land director Damian Chazelle’s Neil Armstrong biopic.
Doctor Strange will be hitting VOD, streaming and Blu-ray / DVD on complete with a limited-edition collector’s Big Sleave from Zavvi on February 28th in North America and March 6th in the UK.
Images: Court Chu, Marvel