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Benedict Cumberbatch was on the Sandman wishlist

16 December 2014 11:20 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Tom Hiddleston is on Neil Gaiman's list for Sandman, and Benedict Cumberbatch would have fitted the bill too...

There's not been much word of late on the upcoming film of Neil Gaiman's Sandman. What we know thus far is that Jack Thorne has been working on a screenplay, following work by David S Goyer. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, meanwhile, is producing, although it remains unknown if he'll also direct and/or star in the film.

Neil Gaiman has been actively involved in the adaptation, though, and he's given a new interview where he's revealed that "they've written a script".

He said that "I got a phone call about two, three weeks ago from Joe and David saying 'Jack did a script, we read it, we want some things done to it. We want you to see it, but not this version'".

As such, Gaiman said, "I am now a week before seeing the script. »

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'Sandman': Neil Gaiman Wants Tom Hiddleston as Morpheus

16 December 2014 1:06 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Exactly one year ago today, it was announced that Neil Gaiman's beloved comic book series Sandman is coming to life on the big screen, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt attached to produced, direct and star as Morpheus, the personification of dreams. The actor later admitted in January that he is only attached to produce, although he still may direct and star, but we haven't heard anything regarding casting since then. During an interview with Radio Times, Neil Gaiman revealed that his current favorite for the Morpheus role is Tom Hiddleston. He also added that Johnny Depp was at one time his favorite for the role, while admitting that Benedict Cumberbatch was perfect for the role, but he is likely no longer available since he is now confirmed to play Marvel's Doctor Strange.

"It's a funny thing with Morpheus. Again, it's that thing where you look around and think, 'Yes this person »

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Neil Gaiman Wants Benedict Cumberbatch or Tom Hiddleston for Sandman

16 December 2014 11:07 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, David Goyer, Jack Thorne, and Neil Gaiman have been hard at work trying to get a script completed for a big screen adaptation of Sandman. Gordon-Levitt, who has been rumored in the past to be starring in the film, was also in negotiations to direct the film. Gaiman seems to have a different vision of who should be cast in the role of Morpheus, though.

In an interview with the Radio Times, the writer says that after seeing Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock he started to like him for the role. He acknowledges the fact that his casting is very unlikely to happen since Cumberbatch is playing Doctor Strange for Marvel. He then mentions that Tom Hiddleston could be a possibility. You can read his quote below, in which Gaiman reveals that he'll be reading the most up-to-date version of the script over Christmas.

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Neil Gaiman wants Tom Hiddleston for The Sandman

16 December 2014 9:55 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Neil Gaiman has said that he would like to see Tom Hiddleston in the title role for The Sandman.

The writer ran down a list of potential stars for the Joseph Gordon-Levitt-directed Warner Bros adaptation of his seminal Vertigo comics series.

With Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch out of the running, he said that the Thor and Avengers star would be his first choice for the movie.

"There was a time Johnny Depp would've been a great Morpheus, but now he's too old and it's fine," Gaiman told Radio Times.

"I think the first time I saw Benedict was as Sherlock Holmes, I thought, 'Wow, that's incredibly Morpheus'."

Pointing out that Cumberbatch is committed to Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange, he continued: "Tom Hiddleston is still out there. And the truth is, as far as I'm concerned, anybody who sounds English with great cheekbones can probably pull it off. »

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Neil Gaiman Wanted Benedict Cumberbatch For Sandman; Now Likes Tom Hiddleston For Role

16 December 2014 7:47 AM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Jack Thorne, David Goyer and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are currently hard at work on the script for a big-screen adaptation of Neil Gaiman's acclaimed Sandman comic series. Levitt has also been rumored to be in line to direct and possibly even star in the film, but Gaiman seems to have other ideas about who could bring life to Morpheus. In an interview with the Radio Times, the writer admits that at one time he thought Johnny Depp would be a good fit, but after seeing Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock he began to like him for the role. Gaiman then acknowledges that's unlikely to happen since Cumberbatch will play Doctor Strange for Marvel, but states that "Tom Hiddleston is still out there". From his comments (which you can read in full below), it doesn't actually sound as if he's particularly fussy about who winds up playing the distinctively pale personification of »

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Movie News: 'Doctor Strange' Casting Rumors; First Concept Art for Disney's 'Jungle Book'

15 December 2014 1:15 PM, PST | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Doctor Strange: Rumor has it that Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy and Ken Watanabe have been "approached" for a key role in Marvel's Doctor Strange, due for release on November 4, 2016. Whoever is cast will play the Ancient One. In the original comic book series, he was a sorcerer who mentored Doctor Strange (to be played by Benedict Cumberbatch) as well as Mordo, who turned to evil and may be a character in the movie. [Latino Review]   The Jungle Book: The first concept art for Disney's The Jungle Book has been released, suggesting an evocative look for the upcoming new version of Rudyard Kipling's collection of stories. Young Neel Sethi will star as Mowgli, with Bill Murray, Idris Elba and Scarlett Johansson set to voice various computer-animated...

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Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy & More Up for Role in 'Doctor Strange'

15 December 2014 7:23 AM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

Now that Marvel Studios has officially confirmed "Sherlock" star Benedict Cumberbatch as the title mystical hero in Doctor Strange, the focus has shifted to the supporting roles. So far nobody else has been cast in the film that will be directed by Scott Derrickson (Deliver Us from Evil) and written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus), though there have been rumblings (and potentially confused details) about Daniel Bruhl's character from Captain America: Civil War potentially crossing over into Doctor Strange. But a new rumor pegs Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy & Ken Watanabe on a shortlist for a supporting role. More below! So who would one of these actors play? Latino Review has word that they're in consideration for the role of The Ancient One, the mentor to Stephen Strange, who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions. The Ancient One is the previous Sorcerer Supreme before Strange inherits the title, »

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Rumor: Nighy, Watanabe & Freeman eyed to play Ancient One in Doctor Strange

15 December 2014 12:38 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Now that we know Benedict Cumberbatch will be playing Doctor Strange in the upcoming Marvel movie, which actors might be up for the role of The Ancient One, Strange's mentor? It's not clear how big of a part it will be since the film reportedly won't be an origin story, but according to Lr, Bill Nighy, Ken Watanabe and Morgan Freeman have been approached to play The Ancient One. Besides mentoring Doctor Strange in the comics, The Ancient One also trained Baron »

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News Briefs: More 'Doctor Strange' Casting Rumors; New 'Blackhat' Trailer

14 December 2014 11:00 PM, PST | Fandango | See recent Fandango news »

Doctor Strange: Rumor has it that Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy and Ken Watanabe have been approached for a key role in Marvel's Doctor Strange, due for release on November 4, 2016. Whoever is cast will play the Ancient One, a sorcerer who mentored Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and trained Mordo, who turned to evil and may be the movie's villain. [Latino Review]   The Jungle Book: The first concept art for Disney's The Jungle Book has been released, suggesting...

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‘Doctor Strange’ Shortlist Lists Three Possible Actors for the Ancient One

14 December 2014 1:00 PM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

There are a few big characters in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, which acts as one of the first salvos in Marvel’s big Phase Three story set. The primary is obviously Doctor Strange himself, to be played by Benedict Cumberbatch. There’s at least one villain, who may be played by Daniel Bruhl, and may or may not […]

The post ‘Doctor Strange’ Shortlist Lists Three Possible Actors for the Ancient One appeared first on /Film. »

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‘Doctor Strange’ Mentor Shortlist Revealed; Morgan Freeman Among Names

14 December 2014 11:05 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Leaks are the name of the game. No, not leaked Sony emails (for once, thank god), but all information that that isn’t officially announced by a movie studio is arguably just another kind of leak (though as Sony’s emails reveal, much of what the trades report are planned “leaks” by the studios themselves). So the latest information? Latino Review reveals the names of three actors that Marvel are interested in—Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy and Ken Watanabe—for the role of The Ancient One in “Doctor Strange,” which is scheduled to hit theaters November 4, 2016. Last week, Marvel made the official announcement that Benedict Cumberbatch will play Doctor Strange himself. In the comics The Ancient One is the original “sorcerer supreme” and the mentor to Stephen Strange. He also ends up training, but then ultimately rejecting, the character Baron Mordo, who is rumored to be the villain in the movie. »

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Ken Watanabe, Morgan Freeman And Bill Nighy Eyed For Doctor Strange’s The Ancient One

13 December 2014 10:32 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Now that Marvel has finally found its Doctor Strange in the form of internet darling Benedict Cumberbatch, the studio is moving ahead with filling in the rest of the main cast. One incredibly important role is that of The Ancient One, Doctor Strange’s mentor and the man who grants him the title Sorcerer Supreme.

According to Latino Review, Marvel is eyeing three heavy hitters for the role, who are all familiar with playing wise and other-worldly elders: Ken Watanabe, Bill Nighy and Morgan Freeman.

In the comics, the Ancient One is said to come from Tibet, so technically, Watanabe is the closest fit for the role. However, we’ve seen time and again that race-swapping is common practice in comic-to-screen adaptations, and with actors of Freeman and Nighy’s calibre, we wouldn’t blame Marvel for making a few creative deviations from the source material.

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"Doctor Strange" Mentor Shortlist Revealed

13 December 2014 1:02 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy and Ken Watanabe are said to be the studio's top candidates to play The Ancient One in Marvel's "Doctor Strange" movie.

In the comics, The Ancient One is the previous Sorcerer Supreme who serves as Strange's mentor. Marvel previously confirmed that actor Benedict Cumberbatch will play the title character.

The Ancient One also ends up training but ultimately rejecting Baron Mordo, a character long rumored to be the villain in the film and even to make a cameo appearance in the upcoming "Captain America: Civil War".

How large a role in the film is unknown as it has been indicated 'Strange' will Not be an origin story. Scott Derrickson helms the project from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts ("Prometheus").

Source: Latino Review »

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Doctor Strange Might Be Eying These Three Actors For A Crucial Role

12 December 2014 6:58 PM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

Now that Benedict Cumberbatch has been officially cast as Doctor Strange, Marvel is focusing their attention on finding the rest of the 2016 blockbuster.s cast. Daniel Bruhl, whose character is debuting in Captain America: Civil War, is rumored to be the main villain in Doctor Strange, and now a new report states that Marvel has its sights on Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy and Ken Watanabe to possibly play the man who taught the titular character all he knows about sorcery. According to Latino Review's report, Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy and Ken Watanabe are being looked at to play The Ancient One in Doctor Strange. As with many early casting rumors, these names might be subject to change, and since the film isn.t due for release until November 4, 2016, it may be many months until we learn who is playing Strange.s mentor. While Nighy has yet to star in a »

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Doctor Strange: 3 Candidates for The Ancient One

12 December 2014 6:38 PM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

Now that Benedict Cumberbatch has been officially announced as Doctor Strange we eagerly await news on the rest of the cast. Despite the film not being an origin story, Yoa, the Ancient One who is the mentor to Steven Strange is said to be in the movie. Latino-Review reports that their sources say that three actors are candidates for the role, namely Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy, and Ken Watanabe. I think any one of these actors is more than capable, and it's going to come down to chemistry with Cumberbatch and director Scott Derrickson's vision for the character.

Doctor Strange expands the Marvel cineverse into the supernatural November 4th, 2016 (USA). »

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Rumor: Morgan Freeman, Ken Watanabe, and Bill Nighy up for Doctor Strange Role

12 December 2014 3:55 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

After months of speculation about who would fill the title role, Marvel finally announced last week that Benedict Cumberbatch would indeed star in Doctor Strange.  Hopefully this next casting decision wont take as long.  Rumor has it that Marvel has approached Morgan Freeman, Ken Watanabe, and Bill Nighy for the role of The Ancient One. If you're not familiar, The Ancient One is the former "Sorcerer Supreme" and Doctor Strange's mentor.  He also mentored Baron Karl Mordo, who is heavily speculated to feature as the villain of Doctor Strange. Scott Derrickson (Sinister) is directing the film from a script by John Spaihts.  Doctor Strange is set to hit theaters November 4, 2016.  Hit the jump for more. The rumor comes from Latino Review, with the outlet claiming they've heard from multiple sources that Marvel has reached out to Freeman, Watanabe, and Nighy.  What's most exciting to me about this is the »

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Morgan Freeman, Ken Watanabe and Bill Nighy reportedly approached for The Ancient One in Marvel’s Doctor Strange

12 December 2014 3:37 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Now that Benedict Cumberbatch has officially signed on to play Dr. Stephen Strange in 2016’s Doctor Strange, it seems that Marvel Studios and director Scott Derrickson are turning their attention to the supporting cast.

According to Latino-Review, the studio has reportedly approached Morgan Freeman (The Dark Knight Rises), Ken Watanabe (Godzilla) and Bill Nighy (Pride) with regards to the role of The Ancient One, the mentor of Doctor Strange and the previous Sorcerer Supreme.

Who would you like to see taking on the role of The Ancient One? Let us know your thoughts…

The post Morgan Freeman, Ken Watanabe and Bill Nighy reportedly approached for The Ancient One in Marvel’s Doctor Strange appeared first on Flickering Myth. »

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'Doctor Strange' Eyes Morgan Freeman as the Ancient One

12 December 2014 3:37 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Now that Marvel has confirmed actor Benedict Cumberbatch is the new Doctor Strange, the studio is focusing its casting efforts on finding the right actor to play The Ancient One. Latino Review reports that Morgan Freeman, Bill Nighy and Ken Watanabe are the studio's top candidates to play The Ancient One in this Marvel Phase Three adventure. It isn't clear at this point which of these actors is the front runner for the role.

It also isn't known how large of a role The Ancient One may have in this story, since we reported in August that Doctor Strange will not be an origin story, with Stephen Strange already established as a superhero. In the Marvel comics, The Ancient One is the previous Sorcerer Supreme, who serves as Strange's mentor. He also ends up training but ultimately rejecting Mordo, a character long rumored to be the villain in Doctor Strange. »

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'King Kong' Origin Skull Island Gets A New Title; Backs Down From Doctor Strange

12 December 2014 3:05 PM, PST | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Well, it looks like we'll never find out who would win in a fight between Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston as Skull Island Kong: Skull Island has been pushed back to March 10th, 2017. It was originally set to open opposite Doctor Strange on November 4th, 2016, but if Batman and Superman are scared of facing off against Marvel, you have to imagine that King Kong is as well! Kong: Skull Island will be helmed by Jordan Vogt-Roberts and a vague description revealed earlier this year that, "Previous works have touched on the island, but staying on and exploring this mysterious and dangerous place offers Legendary the opportunity to take audiences deeper inside this rich world with a style and scope that parallels other Legendary productions." »

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Exclusive: The 3 Contenders For 'The Ancient One' In Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'

12 December 2014 2:41 PM, PST | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

I've been holding on this information for the last two weeks and now I've been given the green light

I'm hearing from multiple sources that Morgan FreemanBill Nighy and Ken Watanabe have been approached for the role of The Ancient One in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” which is scheduled to hit theaters November 4, 2016.

Just last week Marvel made it official that Benedict Cumberbatch will play Doctor Stephen Strange.  It is unlear how much of a big role The Ancient One will play since its been said that there will be no origin story in the film. For those of you who don't know who The Ancient One is, he's the mentor of Doctor Strange, the previous "Sorceror Supreme," and - in the comics - ends up training and rejecting Mordo, a character heavily rumored to be the villain in Marvel's adaptation. 

Stay Tuned.

Let us know what you think. »

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