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Jared Leto will not star in Brilliance; good news for Doctor Strange fans?

06.23.2014by:

Here's your daily dose of fanning the flames: Jared Leto has passed on the lead role in BRILLIANCE, lending creedence to rumors that he is a candidate for the title role in Scott Derrickson's DOCTOR STRANGE. Leto won the Oscar earlier this year for DALLAS BUYERS CLUB which was also his first film in half a decade. Since the win, Leto's name has been bandied about like fellow winner Matthew McConaughey as the next star for almost every project out there.

According to NikkiFinke.com, Leto met with BRILLIANCE director Julius Onah before passing on the role. Will Smith similarly dropped out of the project to tackle a movie about concussions and the NFL. BRILLIANCE wads slated to film this year and already has cast Noomi Rapace. With DOCTOR STRANGE on the slate for Marvel in 2016 and likely filming in the coming year, if Leto were to take the role he would need to have his calendar empty.

The question remains whether or not Leto even wants to be locked into a major Marvel contract. To date, most of Marvel's acting choices have been actors trying to rehab their careers or young up-and-comers trying to make a splash in the industry. Leto currently is neither, but he would be an intriguing choice for DOCTOR STRANGE, assuming you don't prefer Tom Hardy or Benedict Cumberbatch, the other rumored shortlist names.

It could also be that BRILLIANCE was not the right fit for the actor. With everyone expecting major announcements from Marvel at this July's San Diego Comic Con, we will have to speculate and wait.

DOCTOR STRANGE is slated to open in 2016.

Source: NikkieFinke.com

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1:44AM on 06/24/2014

Finally...

Thank you Alex for pointing out the simple fact I've been trying to get across to everyone...Leto is a solid choice but the dude doesn't need to be locked down to a big Marvel Contract. He is having an amazing year with DBC & his well deserved Oscar Win, he doesn't need this film. Would I like to see him as Strange...hell to the yes but I highly doubt it will happen.
Thank you Alex for pointing out the simple fact I've been trying to get across to everyone...Leto is a solid choice but the dude doesn't need to be locked down to a big Marvel Contract. He is having an amazing year with DBC & his well deserved Oscar Win, he doesn't need this film. Would I like to see him as Strange...hell to the yes but I highly doubt it will happen.
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10:22PM on 06/23/2014

Johnny Depp

I'm reaching for the stars lol
I'm reaching for the stars lol
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8:40PM on 06/23/2014
They should give him the John Carter reboot: 30 Seconds to the Princess of Mars.
They should give him the John Carter reboot: 30 Seconds to the Princess of Mars.
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8:11PM on 06/23/2014
He'll never sign up for a commitment like this.
He'll never sign up for a commitment like this.
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8:09PM on 06/23/2014

He's a decent enough actor, but...

... There's just nothing about the guy that comes off as being, I dunno, I guess "regal enough" would be the turn of phrase, to play the Sorcerer Supreme.

And like it or not, both Cumberbatch and Hardy are one hundred times the actor Leto ever was or will be. If we could turn back time, a young Richard Harris woulda been badass.
... There's just nothing about the guy that comes off as being, I dunno, I guess "regal enough" would be the turn of phrase, to play the Sorcerer Supreme.

And like it or not, both Cumberbatch and Hardy are one hundred times the actor Leto ever was or will be. If we could turn back time, a young Richard Harris woulda been badass.
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8:05PM on 06/23/2014
My vote is for Joaquin Phoenix but I really would have no problem with Leto. Don't know why people don't see he's got the chops. And for those that think he's such a prick, with a proper Strange origin story, you'll get to see him grow out of it by film's end. LOL
My vote is for Joaquin Phoenix but I really would have no problem with Leto. Don't know why people don't see he's got the chops. And for those that think he's such a prick, with a proper Strange origin story, you'll get to see him grow out of it by film's end. LOL
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7:29PM on 06/23/2014
Just can't see him taking on such a time consuming role... It's going to be a massive commitment, and dude likes to take a lot of time off between projects. I don't think he'll take it... Ya never know though I guess.
Just can't see him taking on such a time consuming role... It's going to be a massive commitment, and dude likes to take a lot of time off between projects. I don't think he'll take it... Ya never know though I guess.
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6:48PM on 06/23/2014

whatever

Stops him singing.
Stops him singing.
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6:39PM on 06/23/2014
I want Pedro Pascal for Strange.
I want Pedro Pascal for Strange.
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10:26PM on 06/23/2014
Now THAT would be fucking brilliant.
Now THAT would be fucking brilliant.
6:06PM on 06/23/2014
Fuck no. He's the Sorceror Supreme, not Stubbly 14-Year-Old Douchebag Supreme.
Fuck no. He's the Sorceror Supreme, not Stubbly 14-Year-Old Douchebag Supreme.
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6:38PM on 06/23/2014
Jared Leto is 42 years old man, older than either Cumberbatch, 37 or Hardy, 36.
Jared Leto is 42 years old man, older than either Cumberbatch, 37 or Hardy, 36.
7:30PM on 06/23/2014
But he looks 12 haha.
But he looks 12 haha.
7:51PM on 06/23/2014
I guaranteee Leto can grow a better beard than anyone else rumoured
I guaranteee Leto can grow a better beard than anyone else rumoured
9:13PM on 06/23/2014
Hmmm, you're right, he is older than those two other terrible choices. I was, as corker correctly pointed out, referring to the fact that he looks like a small child wearing a false beard regardless of his physical age. And for me this isn't even a matter of his physical resemblance to the character, just his overall presence. When I look at Leto I don't see Stephen Strange, I see Chad Kroeger.
Hmmm, you're right, he is older than those two other terrible choices. I was, as corker correctly pointed out, referring to the fact that he looks like a small child wearing a false beard regardless of his physical age. And for me this isn't even a matter of his physical resemblance to the character, just his overall presence. When I look at Leto I don't see Stephen Strange, I see Chad Kroeger.
5:44PM on 06/23/2014
And the thumbnail looks exactly like Joseph Fiennes.
And the thumbnail looks exactly like Joseph Fiennes.
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7:49PM on 06/23/2014
Thank you. I was trying to figure out who that looked like. It didn't look like Leto.
Thank you. I was trying to figure out who that looked like. It didn't look like Leto.
11:03PM on 06/23/2014
No problem. Yeah, his name immediately popped into my head after seeing the thumbnail. Look wise, Fiennes is perfect.
No problem. Yeah, his name immediately popped into my head after seeing the thumbnail. Look wise, Fiennes is perfect.
5:41PM on 06/23/2014
I still think Cumberbatch is the best candidate out of the rumored three.
I still think Cumberbatch is the best candidate out of the rumored three.
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7:10PM on 06/23/2014
I think Cumberbatch is starting to come down with GDT syndrome. there's been reports even on this site about all these projects he's linked to that I don't think he'd want to commit to a major project with Marvel since it would involve sequels, cameos and easily eat up a good 10 years of his career. that being said I have no preference as to who should take the role but I trust Marvel to find the right actor since they always take their casting seriously.
I think Cumberbatch is starting to come down with GDT syndrome. there's been reports even on this site about all these projects he's linked to that I don't think he'd want to commit to a major project with Marvel since it would involve sequels, cameos and easily eat up a good 10 years of his career. that being said I have no preference as to who should take the role but I trust Marvel to find the right actor since they always take their casting seriously.
11:06PM on 06/23/2014
My best theory is that Marvel is going to cast someone we aren't even thinking of or haven't suggested on this site. I mean, it's not like anyone was thinking about or wanting Affleck or Pratt to play Batman and Star Lord.

So there is probably another actor who is being considered, who hasn't been mentioned yet with the rumored three.
My best theory is that Marvel is going to cast someone we aren't even thinking of or haven't suggested on this site. I mean, it's not like anyone was thinking about or wanting Affleck or Pratt to play Batman and Star Lord.

So there is probably another actor who is being considered, who hasn't been mentioned yet with the rumored three.
12:36AM on 06/25/2014
Oh definitely. I'm expecting and actor way outta left field who somehow will magically fit the part once announced
Oh definitely. I'm expecting and actor way outta left field who somehow will magically fit the part once announced
5:19PM on 06/23/2014
Jordan Catalano always was a bit strange.
Jordan Catalano always was a bit strange.
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5:01PM on 06/23/2014
This would definitely be a good casting choice for the character. But I wouldn't hold out hope for it. Tying himself to a franchise plus additional movies - I'm thinking his contract would be for at least 3 solo flicks and 2-3 Avengers movies afterwards - isn't a move I see Leto making. Aside from his music career he's always seemed more interested in standalone stories, not franchises. But who knows, may be he's had a change of heart.
This would definitely be a good casting choice for the character. But I wouldn't hold out hope for it. Tying himself to a franchise plus additional movies - I'm thinking his contract would be for at least 3 solo flicks and 2-3 Avengers movies afterwards - isn't a move I see Leto making. Aside from his music career he's always seemed more interested in standalone stories, not franchises. But who knows, may be he's had a change of heart.
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5:00PM on 06/23/2014
No, this is BAD news for Dr. Strange fans...
No, this is BAD news for Dr. Strange fans...
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