A couple of days ago Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us From Evil) confirmed that he would be directing Marvel’s Dr Strange. At the same time it was rumoured that Jared Leto was one of Marvel’s choices to play Dr Strange, something which angered fans.
Well, maybe today’s rumour might please fans a little more, as both Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch are said to be top of Marvel’s list to play the lead role. However, take this with a pinch of salt because both actors have an extremely busy schedule right now.
Hardy’s upcoming pictures include Michaël R. Roskam’s crime-thriller The Drop, Daniel Espinosa’s Child 44, the musical London Road, plus George Miller’s Mad Max: Fury Road. He’s also in pre-production on Brian Helgeland’s thriller Legend, and is rumored to star opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Alejandro González Iñárritu’s The Revenant. Cumberbatch, meanwhile, next appears in the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game, and voices roles in The Penguins of Madagascar, The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, and Magik. He just started filming on Scott Cooper’s Black Mass and is next expected to move on to Gary Oldman’s Flying Horse.
Both actors are very busy, but should Marvel and Disney want them, they are in a position to be able to pay good money for them, and already both actors are very well known to this sort of genre. Hardy played Bane in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises with ferocious intensity, and was one of the scariest screen villains ever seen. Cumberbatch on the other hand, starred as one of sci-fi’s best known villains in JJ Abrams’ Star Trek Into Darkness, Khan, so he too would be welcomed to play the bizarre role.
Both actors are said to be at the top of Marvel’s wishlist, but naturally neither actor has been approached yet.
Marvel President Kevin Feige has been desperate to get a Dr Strange movie in the works for years, and it seems that the plan is for the movie to be part of Marvel’s Phase Three.
Feige will produce the feature, and executive producers on the project are Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Alan Fine, Stan Lee and Stephen Broussard. The film is being penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer.
The comicbook revolved around a former neurosurgeon who serves as the “Sorcerer Supreme” — the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Strange made his first appearance in the 1963 comicbook series “Strange Tales” and would go on to have his own comicbook series and would appear in several other comicbooks that included “The Fantastic Four,” “Spider-Man” and “Nick Fury.”
Dr Strange is a former neurosurgeon who, after a car accident, loses the ability to use his hands. After exhausting every option to restore his health, Strange locates “the Ancient One” in the Himalayas who reluctantly teaches him the mystic arts. In comics, Doctor Stephen Strange is the “sorcerer supreme” of the Marvel Universe. As such, he is the gateway to an aspect of Marvel comics stories that hasn’t really been explored on film in the current set of Marvel movies.