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From Keanu Reeves to Ewan McGregor, Marvel’s Dr Strange casting rumours just getting silly now

October 15th, 2014 by Derek Robertson Comments

From Benedict Cumberbatch to Johnny Depp, Jared Leto and Ethan Hawke, it seems like casting rumours are now verging on the plain ridiculous since Joaquin Pheonix pulled out of negotiations with Marvel to take on the role of Dr Strange.

Not long ago we heard that Keanu Reeves was in contention to play Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme (he denied any interest in the part), now a new name has been thrown out as a contender for Scott Derrickson’s Dr Strange – it seems Ewan McGregor is among those being considered.

Doctor Strange is based on the character created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, and made his first appearance in 1963’s Strange Tales #110. It follows the adventures of Stephen Strange – who got a nod in this year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier – a brilliant neurosurgeon, who, after a car accident, loses the precision in his hands. On his quest to regain his former skills, he sets on a path to become the “Master of the Mystic Arts.”

As there are no sources, we will just take this next casting rumour with a pinch of salt, as it seems there is a new casting rumour every other day that passes with no element of truth attached to it.

McGregor, who is most known for his roles in Transpotting and the Star Wars prequels, can next be seen in Mortdecai alongside Johhny Depp (who was one of the first to be rumoured, funnily enough) and in Jane Got a Gun opposite his Star Wars co-star Natalie Portman.

Although no official release date has been set for the film, the scheduling for production would lead us to believe that Doctor Strange will land on the July 8, 2016 – a release date that Marvel has bookmarked for a theatrical release.


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Derek Robertson has dabbled in many aspects of the media industry from a young age. He has always had an admiration for, film, science fiction and all things geek-like. Working in the music industry with Sony/BMG Records gave Derek insight and experience into video directing. Thusly, for many years he took a hands-on, multi-disciplinary approach in creating and editing treatments; working with performance artists, writing and producing music and working both; in front of, and behind the camera. Studying a Msc in Forensic Psychology has embedded a conceptual ethos that has spawned his signature writing style that he now infuses whilst blogging for numerous websites; writing music reviews, movie news, and reviewing network shows et al., . Derek continues to try and erase the boundaries between the homogenous and the insanely dull, culturally enmeshing contemporary socio-political aspects into the mix of the monolithic media industry.