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Jon Spaihts pens Doctor Strange and actors that are still on the short list

Jun. 18, 2014by: Graham McMorrow

Earlier this month we found out that Scott Derrickson would be directing Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE and now it looks as though a new writer has come on board too. Jon Spaihts, best known for writing the first draft of Ridley Scott’s PROMETHEUS and Universal’s upcoming reboot of THE MUMMY, is set to script the film.

Spaiths confirmed it on his Twitter and Deadline reported the news adding that Marvel wants to get this picture rolling and have a list of actors they’re eyeing for the lead role. On the list, Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy, as previously reported, and now Jared Leto is officially on it as well. If you've read the comments on that Leto story when it was just a rumor, you will know he is not a favorite choice around here. He's also in talks to replace Will Smith in BRILLIANCE so he may consider that role instead if he’s perused.

If you haven't checked out our Exclusive with Scott Derrickson talking about DOCTOR STRANGE and the fan reaction you should do that right now.

Who form the list would you like to see play the part? Any other suggestions?

Source: Deadline

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2:50PM on 06/19/2014
Aidan Gillen looks just like Stephen Strange dammit! Cast him.
Aidan Gillen looks just like Stephen Strange dammit! Cast him.
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11:45AM on 06/19/2014

Viggo Mortensen needs more work...

Aragorn FTW!
Aragorn FTW!
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4:08PM on 06/19/2014
you're not wrong i want a older actor for the role
you're not wrong i want a older actor for the role
11:44AM on 06/22/2014
viggo probably won't. There was that article about how he only liked Fellowship and the other two got budgets that allowed Peter to go back and film new stuff and add more CGI and Viggo just didn't like that. The chances of him doing another mega budget, CGI fest, blockbuster are very small.
viggo probably won't. There was that article about how he only liked Fellowship and the other two got budgets that allowed Peter to go back and film new stuff and add more CGI and Viggo just didn't like that. The chances of him doing another mega budget, CGI fest, blockbuster are very small.
11:23AM on 06/19/2014

Could see Marvel going for Cumberbatch

If doing so would pull him away from DC's Sandman flick.
If doing so would pull him away from DC's Sandman flick.
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11:14AM on 06/19/2014

Woooooosh

Any of their choices sound good to me. How about Charlie Hunnam? This is SOAs last season.A little hair dye, mustache, and he'd be bad ass. And he's actually British so if they wanted to go that route I'd work too
Any of their choices sound good to me. How about Charlie Hunnam? This is SOAs last season.A little hair dye, mustache, and he'd be bad ass. And he's actually British so if they wanted to go that route I'd work too
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11:17AM on 06/19/2014
I just looked up Pedro Pascal and yeah, he'd be sick too. He was awesome on GoT.
I just looked up Pedro Pascal and yeah, he'd be sick too. He was awesome on GoT.
10:35AM on 06/19/2014
How about Anson Mount,CLive Owen or Jude Law
How about Anson Mount,CLive Owen or Jude Law
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9:09AM on 06/19/2014

Cumberbatch me Doctor!!

I will cream my jeans of Cumberbatch gets the role. He is the guy I have been wanting to play Dr. Strange since the first season of Sherlock. He has that mystical voice, the tall lankyness and is believable as a wizard. Tom Hardy is great but he is so short and bulky. It would be like if the hulk had magic powers. He isn't that believable for the doctor.
I will cream my jeans of Cumberbatch gets the role. He is the guy I have been wanting to play Dr. Strange since the first season of Sherlock. He has that mystical voice, the tall lankyness and is believable as a wizard. Tom Hardy is great but he is so short and bulky. It would be like if the hulk had magic powers. He isn't that believable for the doctor.
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5:35AM on 06/19/2014
Kindly remove the overrated ham Benedict Cumberbatch from the short list, good sir.
Kindly remove the overrated ham Benedict Cumberbatch from the short list, good sir.
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2:40AM on 06/19/2014
Mads Mikkelson would be awesome as Strange.
Mads Mikkelson would be awesome as Strange.
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3:06AM on 06/19/2014
He would. But he might be a bit too dour, the role probably needs some Downey level charisma, humour mixed with the gravitas. It's Mikkelsen by the way. I seriusly think Kaneshiro has just the right ingredients for it.
He would. But he might be a bit too dour, the role probably needs some Downey level charisma, humour mixed with the gravitas. It's Mikkelsen by the way. I seriusly think Kaneshiro has just the right ingredients for it.
2:34AM on 06/19/2014

thumbs down to benedict

I don't want Benedict as Dr Strange....he's the "it" face right now and associated with so much other stuff these days...I'd rather a more unknown or at least understated actor take on the role...
I like Tom Hardy but feel he's too bulky... Pedro Pascal would be perfect!!
I don't want Benedict as Dr Strange....he's the "it" face right now and associated with so much other stuff these days...I'd rather a more unknown or at least understated actor take on the role...
I like Tom Hardy but feel he's too bulky... Pedro Pascal would be perfect!!
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2:23AM on 06/19/2014

BREAKING NEWS

Damon Lindelof has suddenly been hired by Marvel to re-write Spaihts' script. As a Marvel spokesperson explains, "I'm afraid what Spaihts was submitting to us made way too much sense, and then Lindelof rushed in one day spouting all this wonderful nonsensical bullshit...how could you say no to that??"
Damon Lindelof has suddenly been hired by Marvel to re-write Spaihts' script. As a Marvel spokesperson explains, "I'm afraid what Spaihts was submitting to us made way too much sense, and then Lindelof rushed in one day spouting all this wonderful nonsensical bullshit...how could you say no to that??"
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2:23AM on 06/19/2014
I say give it to Pedro Pascal. His Viper is one of the greatest characters portrayed on television. He'd make a fine Doctor.
I say give it to Pedro Pascal. His Viper is one of the greatest characters portrayed on television. He'd make a fine Doctor.
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2:06AM on 06/19/2014
I don't care how unlikely it is, my vote still goes to Pedro Pascal.
I don't care how unlikely it is, my vote still goes to Pedro Pascal.
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1:53AM on 06/19/2014
Give it to Pedro Pascal. He's got the perfect look and acting chops and we really don't need to be distracted the presence of an A-list star.
Give it to Pedro Pascal. He's got the perfect look and acting chops and we really don't need to be distracted the presence of an A-list star.
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1:09AM on 06/19/2014

Come on!

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3:09AM on 06/19/2014
Considine would be a fine Strange. He can be mysterious and aloof and he can also be a riot.
Considine would be a fine Strange. He can be mysterious and aloof and he can also be a riot.
1:08AM on 06/19/2014

Come on!

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12:14AM on 06/19/2014
I'm fully onboard with the Pedro Pascal bandwagon. I'd rather Cumberbatch go do season 4 of Sherlock.
I'm fully onboard with the Pedro Pascal bandwagon. I'd rather Cumberbatch go do season 4 of Sherlock.
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11:57PM on 06/18/2014

I know they like to get younger actors so they last longer

but Viggo Mortensen would be an inspired choice if they could bring him in. Zachary Quinto would be another, if they want to steer younger.

Benedict Cumberbatch would rock the character big-time, but I admit I'm tired of seeing him up for every second role.
but Viggo Mortensen would be an inspired choice if they could bring him in. Zachary Quinto would be another, if they want to steer younger.

Benedict Cumberbatch would rock the character big-time, but I admit I'm tired of seeing him up for every second role.
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10:24PM on 06/18/2014
my choice would be Benedict Cumberbatch or Tom Cruise
my choice would be Benedict Cumberbatch or Tom Cruise
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10:19PM on 06/18/2014
Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell from GOT) or Justin Theroux.
Pedro Pascal (Oberyn Martell from GOT) or Justin Theroux.
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9:48PM on 06/18/2014
Oscar Isaac, Sean Penn? Ralph Fiennes? Joseph Fiennes? Vincent Cassell?
How about a non-white, Takeshi Kaneshiro? The detective he played in Dragon or the wise scholar he played in Red Cliff makes me think he could be great. He's charismatic, likeable, deep, handsome and a fine actor. Too many white guys in there anyway.
Oscar Isaac, Sean Penn? Ralph Fiennes? Joseph Fiennes? Vincent Cassell?
How about a non-white, Takeshi Kaneshiro? The detective he played in Dragon or the wise scholar he played in Red Cliff makes me think he could be great. He's charismatic, likeable, deep, handsome and a fine actor. Too many white guys in there anyway.
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2:41AM on 06/19/2014
That's some out-of-left-field idea, but I'd upvote you just for name-dropping Kaneshiro.
That's some out-of-left-field idea, but I'd upvote you just for name-dropping Kaneshiro.
9:10PM on 06/18/2014
His Alien: Engineers script was apparently really good, and it was only after Ridley Scott wanted less obvious connections to Alien that Damon Lindelof was brought onboard to rewrite it into Prometheus.
His Alien: Engineers script was apparently really good, and it was only after Ridley Scott wanted less obvious connections to Alien that Damon Lindelof was brought onboard to rewrite it into Prometheus.
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11:54PM on 06/18/2014
I interviewed him for PROMETHEUS and he was clearly unhappy about how that script turned out. Can't say I blame him.
I interviewed him for PROMETHEUS and he was clearly unhappy about how that script turned out. Can't say I blame him.
2:15AM on 06/19/2014
Writers: the whipping boys of Hollywood's whims.
Writers: the whipping boys of Hollywood's whims.
4:52AM on 06/19/2014
Couldn't agree more, Grand_Marquis. Kirk Honeycutt said in his review of the A-Team (which I like, but that's besides the point): "Beginning with the sound era, studios and films producers have longed for a way to eliminate the screenwriter from the filmmaking process."
Couldn't agree more, Grand_Marquis. Kirk Honeycutt said in his review of the A-Team (which I like, but that's besides the point): "Beginning with the sound era, studios and films producers have longed for a way to eliminate the screenwriter from the filmmaking process."
8:42PM on 06/18/2014
Nathan Fillion ;P


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8:36PM on 06/18/2014
This news is like a week old. Way to be on top of things. Hardy better not get the part. All sorts of wrong. Nothing against him, just really not right for the role.
This news is like a week old. Way to be on top of things. Hardy better not get the part. All sorts of wrong. Nothing against him, just really not right for the role.
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8:40PM on 06/18/2014
The news regarding Jon Spaihts writing the script hit today, read it all and you'll see ;)
The news regarding Jon Spaihts writing the script hit today, read it all and you'll see ;)
8:01PM on 06/18/2014

I'm going to get flack for this...

...but what about Tom Cruise for Strange. After the disappointing numbers of Edge Of Tomorrow and his last few films not being the projected successes the studios wanted, perhaps he is in exactly the slump needed to bring in an a-lister like him into the Marvel Universe. He could definitely spear-head things and fillseats once RDJ is gone. He has the gravitas and ability to pull it off.
...but what about Tom Cruise for Strange. After the disappointing numbers of Edge Of Tomorrow and his last few films not being the projected successes the studios wanted, perhaps he is in exactly the slump needed to bring in an a-lister like him into the Marvel Universe. He could definitely spear-head things and fillseats once RDJ is gone. He has the gravitas and ability to pull it off.
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8:13PM on 06/18/2014
Absolutely, I would wonder if he would want too much creative control though. But he would be fantastic in my opinion.
Absolutely, I would wonder if he would want too much creative control though. But he would be fantastic in my opinion.
8:28PM on 06/18/2014
I think he would make for a great Doctor Strange. I even suggested the idea of it in a Doctor Strange article a couple of weeks back.
I think he would make for a great Doctor Strange. I even suggested the idea of it in a Doctor Strange article a couple of weeks back.
9:29PM on 06/18/2014
No, I think he is not likeable enough. I could be wrong, he has charisma, but I think he is too cold, doesn't have enough heart, is too scientologistic and too empty inside. I think he could be an interesting Strange but would eventually result alienating in the role.
No, I think he is not likeable enough. I could be wrong, he has charisma, but I think he is too cold, doesn't have enough heart, is too scientologistic and too empty inside. I think he could be an interesting Strange but would eventually result alienating in the role.
1:59AM on 06/19/2014
It's funny you mention Cruise because he was almost Iron Man.
It's funny you mention Cruise because he was almost Iron Man.
2:20AM on 06/19/2014
At this point, I could see him in a single-picture extended cameo roll or a Samuel L Jackson-like supporting roll that cuts across films without involving him heavily. But I feel like Marvel probably considers him too old - and too expensive - to carry a franchise at this point.
At this point, I could see him in a single-picture extended cameo roll or a Samuel L Jackson-like supporting roll that cuts across films without involving him heavily. But I feel like Marvel probably considers him too old - and too expensive - to carry a franchise at this point.
7:57PM on 06/18/2014

I'm going to get flack for this...

...but what about Tom Cruise for Strange. After the disappointing numbers of Edge Of Tomorrow and his last few films not being the projected successes the studios wanted, perhaps he is in exactly the slump needed to bring in an a-lister like him into the Marvel Universe. He could definitely spear-head things and fillseats once RDJ is gone. He has the gravitas and ability to pull it off.
...but what about Tom Cruise for Strange. After the disappointing numbers of Edge Of Tomorrow and his last few films not being the projected successes the studios wanted, perhaps he is in exactly the slump needed to bring in an a-lister like him into the Marvel Universe. He could definitely spear-head things and fillseats once RDJ is gone. He has the gravitas and ability to pull it off.
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7:53PM on 06/18/2014
Out of those three that are on the short list, I would want Cumberbatch most to get the role. Personally though, Joaquin Phoenix or Jon Hamm.

But I wouldn't be surprised if Marvel cast someone else entirely, like they have done with their previous films and roles. For instance, Evans wasn't the front runner or was rumored to play Captain America, nor was Pratt for Guardians of the Galaxy.
Out of those three that are on the short list, I would want Cumberbatch most to get the role. Personally though, Joaquin Phoenix or Jon Hamm.

But I wouldn't be surprised if Marvel cast someone else entirely, like they have done with their previous films and roles. For instance, Evans wasn't the front runner or was rumored to play Captain America, nor was Pratt for Guardians of the Galaxy.
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7:52PM on 06/18/2014
Either Benedict Cumberbatch or Jared Leto for me.
Either Benedict Cumberbatch or Jared Leto for me.
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