9 Roles That Were This Close to Being Filled by Benedict Cumberbatch

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Benedict Cumberbatch is one busy man. As of press time, the 41-year-old actor has nine movies in his queue — NINE — including Mowgli, The Grinch and a TV movie about Brexit. Not sure if he’ll actually be able to participate in all of them, considering there aren’t enough hours in the day to do everything, but we’re sure he’ll give it the good ol’ college try. After all, he’s made room before to replace Leonardo DiCaprio as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game AND made room before to replace Guy Pearce as William “Billy” Bulger in Black Mask.

Then again, there are a whole lot of roles that he was this close to portraying… but didn’t. Here are nine such examples: