Benedict Cumberbatch is a renowned actor celebrated for his diverse talents and compelling on-screen charisma. He achieved worldwide recognition for his exceptional portrayal of the brilliant yet socially awkward detective, Sherlock Holmes, in the BBC series Sherlock.
Furthermore, Cumberbatch has left an indelible mark in the film industry, notably earning an Academy Award nomination for his role in The Imitation Game, while also captivating audiences as the enigmatic Marvel superhero, Doctor Strange. Possessing a distinctive voice and a commanding presence, he has thrived in both the realm of theater and cinema, garnering critical acclaim and fostering a devoted fan base.
Benedict Cumberbatch Landed A Major Franchise Before MCU
In Hollywood, turning down film opportunities is a common aspect of the industry. While being sought after by various studios and networks is flattering, even the biggest stars often have to decline promising projects. Benicio del Toro, although not known for many missed opportunities, did pass on a significant role in the Star Trek franchise.
Del Toro had discussions about taking on the legendary antagonist Khan in the 2013 Star Trek sequel. However, negotiations between the actor and the production fell through due to disagreements over compensation, as reported by Vulture. Consequently, the coveted role ultimately went to Benedict Cumberbatch.
Upon its theatrical release, the film managed to amass a staggering $450 million in global box office earnings, solidifying its status as a resounding success. Its triumph was substantial enough to warrant a sequel, which graced the big screen three years later.
While it would have been intriguing to witness Benicio del Toro as Khan in Star Trek: Into Darkness, it’s undeniable that Benedict Cumberbatch delivered a remarkable performance in the role. One can only hope for the franchise’s triumphant return to the cinematic stage someday.
Benedict Cumberbatch Also Beat Leonardo DiCaprio For A Role
Benedict Cumberbatch’s beloved character emerged in the British mystery series Sherlock, where he portrayed a contemporary Sherlock Holmes. Surprisingly, Warner Bros. didn’t originally consider him for the part in The Imitation Game. The studio acquired the script for a substantial sum, envisioning Leonardo DiCaprio in the lead. Unfortunately, DiCaprio had to decline due to scheduling conflicts.
In a conversation with The Hollywood Reporter, Benedict Cumberbatch shared how he had to persuade Warner Bros to select him for the role of Alan Turing. He was unwavering in his determination to portray the brilliant mathematician and make a substantial contribution to his legacy.
Cumberbatch told The Hollywood Reporter:
“I was not onboard, but I was onboard with the idea of being onboard. In my head, I was already onboard! I had to convince them.”
Benedict Cumberbatch not only fulfilled but surpassed the studio’s anticipations, receiving acclaim for his portrayal in the film. While it’s intriguing to ponder how Leonardo DiCaprio might have approached the character, Cumberbatch undeniably captivated audiences with his performance.
Star Trek Into Darkness can be streamed on Paramount+.