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.