Ethan Hawke has starred in some impressive films over the years, including horror films Sinister, Daybreakers and The Purge. Other films which have seen the actor become a hit with fans have included Training Day, Gattaca, Lord of War, Assault on Precint 13 and Before Midnight/Sunrise. Now it sounds like he may be set to work again with his Sinister director Scott Derrickson, on Marvel’s Dr Strange.
This Is Famous is reporting that Hawke is not only in talks to play Dr Strange, but that he has accepted and a contract is currently being worked out. Here is what the site reported:
Ethan Hawke is their new guy, having offered him the role on Friday. I hear Hawke accepted the job over the weekend, and things have quickly progressed into contract talks, with a six-picture deal being what Marvel is hoping to lock him into.
For months Joaquin Phoenix has been the top contender for the role, with some saying he has already signed on for the role, and others saying he is in final negotiations. Phoenix had looked almost guaranteed to be playing the character, so this sudden announcement of Hawke being involved is a bit of a shock.
However, as some have been reporting, this could just be a tactic on Marvel’s part in order to get Phoenix’s camp to hurry up and decide if he is playing Dr Strange or not.
Or, it could all just be a load of old rubbish. Either way, I would be happy to see either actor play the role, so for God sake someone sign the bloody contract already!
Marvel Studios is in advanced negotiations to shoot upcoming superhero film Doctor Strange at Pinewood-Shepperton, ScreenDaily understands.
Preparations on the ground are already in motion with crew being assembled for a move into Shepperton in late 2014/early 2015.
A tentative shoot date has been mooted for May 2015 with Marvel having reportedly dated the film’s release for July 8, 2016.
The film is being penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, with Jon Spaihts writing the latest script, and will be directed by Scott Derrickson.
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.