So many names have been thrown into the mix for Marvel’s Dr Strange, its hard to keep up! Joaquin Phoenix looked likely to be playing the role for the best part of the year, but sadly negotiations failed earlier this month, and Phoenix is out.
Benedict Cumberbatch was rumoured for the role even before Phoenix, but with all the focus on Phoenix, Cumberbatch disappeared out of the race, but naturally his name is back in the running.
When Phoenix was announced as being off the film, other names were then talked about, including the re-emergence of Jared Leto (rumoured from the very beginning) and also Ethan Hawke.
The latest names to add to the list of potential Strange stars includes Colin Farrell (who is said to be wrapping shooting True Detective Season 2 just in time for the Dr Strange shoot) and also Keanu Reeves! Both names, however, should be taken with a huge grain of salt.
Over the past few weeks, more names have also been added to the ever growing list, including Oscar Isaac, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor and Jake Gyllenhaal.
So at this point, no one has a bloody clue who will be playing Dr Strange. The only concrete news so far is that Scott Derrickson is directing.
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.