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Rumor Round-Up: Johnny Depp being eyed for Doctor Strange; Jason Momoa up for Aquaman?

Jan. 14, 2014by: Jesse Giroux

It seems like every morning there's another comic book movie rumor to report. I have a couple of them for you today, and both have the potential to be awesome, if they turn out to be true.

We'll start over at Latino-Review. A source for the site has told them that Marvel is interested in having Johnny Depp play Doctor Strange, and had a meeting with the actor. Depp is going to be busy filming the next PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN, but the source says Disney would be willing to move things around if he does sign on to play the Sorcerer Supreme. A solo DOCTOR STRANGE film might be in theaters sometime in 2016 as part of Marvel's Phase 3 movies, but we could see him sooner if the character ends up appearing in next year's THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON in a post-credit scene, which some think is very possible.

Yesterday a rumor surfaced about Josh Holloway being strongly considered for a part in BATMAN VS SUPERMAN, and some speculated Holloway might be up for Aquaman. Jason Momoa was also recently rumored to have a role in Zack Snyder's upcoming film, and according to Badass Digest's source, it was Aquaman. Their source also says the character will only have a cameo in the film. If Warner Bros and DC are planning on filming BATMAN VS SUPERMAN and JUSTICE LEAGUE back to back, does this mean we'll be seeing most of the members of the superhero team in the first film? It certainly looks like we might, considering how many characters have been rumored for BATMAN VS SUPERMAN.

I haven't liked most of Johnny Depp's recent films, but I think he'd be fantastic as Doctor Strange, and Jason Momoa would make one badass Aquaman. However, right now these are only rumors, and there hasn't been an official announcement from Marvel or DC. I know rumors can be annoying and/or ridiculous, but I would love for these two to be true.

THE AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will be released on May 1st, 2015, and BATMAN VS SUPERMAN will be in theaters on July 17th, 2015.

Extra Tidbit: Which would you rather see: Johnny Depp as Doctor Strange or Jason Momoa as Aquaman?

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4:42PM on 01/15/2014

I'm Sad

I would have loved to see Depp as Strange. I think he could nail the roll and bring some interesting aspects to the Marvel universe. But alas... rumors... Come on Disney... you pretty much own his soul right?
I would have loved to see Depp as Strange. I think he could nail the roll and bring some interesting aspects to the Marvel universe. But alas... rumors... Come on Disney... you pretty much own his soul right?
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3:25PM on 01/15/2014
Both of these rumors have been debunked, by Momoa and by Marvel. Neither is happening.
Both of these rumors have been debunked, by Momoa and by Marvel. Neither is happening.
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9:22AM on 01/15/2014

Gimme a Hell! Gimme a NO!

Johnny Depp shouldn't be Dr. Strange unless there's a director who's strong enough to rein in his worst instincts - going goofy a la Willy Wonka or Tonto. Dr. Strange is best played straight - they should try for Viggo Mortensen or Stephen Moyer.

As for Aquaman, I think Ryan Kwanten or Alexander Skarsgard would be a great fit. Jason Momoa just is the wrong physical type - he'd make a great anti-hero (dare I say Lobo?).
Johnny Depp shouldn't be Dr. Strange unless there's a director who's strong enough to rein in his worst instincts - going goofy a la Willy Wonka or Tonto. Dr. Strange is best played straight - they should try for Viggo Mortensen or Stephen Moyer.

As for Aquaman, I think Ryan Kwanten or Alexander Skarsgard would be a great fit. Jason Momoa just is the wrong physical type - he'd make a great anti-hero (dare I say Lobo?).
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1:29AM on 01/15/2014
I wrote a long rant months ago about how Depp should be Dr. Strange, I feel like someone finally got around to reading it lol. He is the only actor I can imagine doing it (well other than Jim Caviezel, but that wouldn't be a smart business move)... If this happens then this would be the first time since Patrick Stewart was cast as Xavier that one of my comic book dream casting choices became true.

If Burton directs we might be fucked though.
I wrote a long rant months ago about how Depp should be Dr. Strange, I feel like someone finally got around to reading it lol. He is the only actor I can imagine doing it (well other than Jim Caviezel, but that wouldn't be a smart business move)... If this happens then this would be the first time since Patrick Stewart was cast as Xavier that one of my comic book dream casting choices became true.

If Burton directs we might be fucked though.
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12:38AM on 01/15/2014
depp likes strange characters hell might as well play one called strange
depp likes strange characters hell might as well play one called strange
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11:42PM on 01/14/2014
Couldn't spell to save my life...

As for Aquaman... It would be fitting and kinda funny if they got Liam Hemsworth.
Couldn't spell to save my life...

As for Aquaman... It would be fitting and kinda funny if they got Liam Hemsworth.
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1:58AM on 01/18/2014
That would make for interesting family gatherings. But I like that idea. Liam Hemsworth has the build for a character like that and he's a decent actor.
That would make for interesting family gatherings. But I like that idea. Liam Hemsworth has the build for a character like that and he's a decent actor.
11:38PM on 01/14/2014
Nope! No Depp in my Dr. Strange movie, thank you very much! This is about as bad as when Dr. Who fans keep telling me that David Tennant should was made to play the character. Nope! He is not that kind of a character. He's not wacky. Sure, he can have a sense of humor, but he's not Johnny Depp wacky. Give me Rocketteer era Timothy Dalton or something... Characterneeda class.
Nope! No Depp in my Dr. Strange movie, thank you very much! This is about as bad as when Dr. Who fans keep telling me that David Tennant should was made to play the character. Nope! He is not that kind of a character. He's not wacky. Sure, he can have a sense of humor, but he's not Johnny Depp wacky. Give me Rocketteer era Timothy Dalton or something... Characterneeda class.
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7:59PM on 01/14/2014

Aquaman?

That's a no brainer... Alexander Skarsgard (Erik Northman from True Blood) He has the swimmer's physique and the acting chops to boot.
That's a no brainer... Alexander Skarsgard (Erik Northman from True Blood) He has the swimmer's physique and the acting chops to boot.
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5:59PM on 01/14/2014

Legen..wait for it...

DARY! I think depp would make a good Dr Strange.

Also i think Jaime Lannister would have made a good Aquaman or a Green Arrow.
DARY! I think depp would make a good Dr Strange.

Also i think Jaime Lannister would have made a good Aquaman or a Green Arrow.
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3:36PM on 01/14/2014

Depp could work.

Riz-man's logic of the Avengers heir to RDJ is sound, but AvidMovieLover's concern about his fitting into an ever-growing ensemble is legit, as well. However, I'm far more interested in what this casting would mean for the film's director/direction. I'm certain Depp's attachment would be contingent upon a director with whom he has good rapport. Rob Marshall, Wally Pfister.... dare I say.... Tim Burton? Visualizing Depp through the lens of any of these choices is pretty intriguing.
Riz-man's logic of the Avengers heir to RDJ is sound, but AvidMovieLover's concern about his fitting into an ever-growing ensemble is legit, as well. However, I'm far more interested in what this casting would mean for the film's director/direction. I'm certain Depp's attachment would be contingent upon a director with whom he has good rapport. Rob Marshall, Wally Pfister.... dare I say.... Tim Burton? Visualizing Depp through the lens of any of these choices is pretty intriguing.
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12:02PM on 01/14/2014
I love the idea of momoa as aquaman. Holloway would be awesome as Lex Luthor I think. A likable asshole.
I love the idea of momoa as aquaman. Holloway would be awesome as Lex Luthor I think. A likable asshole.
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11:40AM on 01/14/2014

Gotta give it to Depp!

If the man is destined to play at least one superhero it's Dr. Strange!
If the man is destined to play at least one superhero it's Dr. Strange!
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11:36AM on 01/14/2014
Momoa as orion, kaliback or Stephenwolf would be great casting. he would also be great for the voice of grod.
Momoa as orion, kaliback or Stephenwolf would be great casting. he would also be great for the voice of grod.
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11:31AM on 01/14/2014
Jason Momoa for Lobo, Oded Fehr for Doctor Strange.
Jason Momoa for Lobo, Oded Fehr for Doctor Strange.
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1:54AM on 01/18/2014
Though I think with the right director Depp could do Dr. Strange and I by no means think he would be a bad choice for the role. I love your left field choice of Oded Fehr. He is an under rated actor in my opinion and has a great look for Strange.
Though I think with the right director Depp could do Dr. Strange and I by no means think he would be a bad choice for the role. I love your left field choice of Oded Fehr. He is an under rated actor in my opinion and has a great look for Strange.
11:20AM on 01/14/2014
No disrespect, because I think he's a good actor, but Depp is wearing thin these days. I'd still watch him as Strange, but he's not my first choice. I prefer Caviezel for the role. Momoa seems a strange fit for Aquaman, who is someone I see being a bit more slender in build.
No disrespect, because I think he's a good actor, but Depp is wearing thin these days. I'd still watch him as Strange, but he's not my first choice. I prefer Caviezel for the role. Momoa seems a strange fit for Aquaman, who is someone I see being a bit more slender in build.
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11:00AM on 01/14/2014
Again, I read on another site that Momoa isnt up for a comic book role. He made a comment suggesting that he isn't doing anything for DC as the current moment. Will it change, who knows, but I will say is that I dont see him as Aquaman. If he took a role, I can see him as Hawkman followed closing by Martian Manhunter.
Again, I read on another site that Momoa isnt up for a comic book role. He made a comment suggesting that he isn't doing anything for DC as the current moment. Will it change, who knows, but I will say is that I dont see him as Aquaman. If he took a role, I can see him as Hawkman followed closing by Martian Manhunter.
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10:58AM on 01/14/2014
Again, I read on another site that Momoa isnt up for a comic book role. He made a comment suggesting that he isn't doing anything for DC as the current moment. Will it change, who knows, but I will say is that I dont see him as Aquaman. If he took a role, I can see him as Hawkman followed closing by Martian Manhunter.
Again, I read on another site that Momoa isnt up for a comic book role. He made a comment suggesting that he isn't doing anything for DC as the current moment. Will it change, who knows, but I will say is that I dont see him as Aquaman. If he took a role, I can see him as Hawkman followed closing by Martian Manhunter.
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10:31AM on 01/14/2014
Johnny Depp as Doctor Strange would be perfect casting in my opinion. He has the right look, acting ability, and star power to make the role his and would be a big enough star to take over the Marvel Universe after Downey Jr. I say to Marvel if you can get him for the role, then you should certainly sign him up as quickly as possible.

As for Momoa, I can't see him playing Aquaman.
Johnny Depp as Doctor Strange would be perfect casting in my opinion. He has the right look, acting ability, and star power to make the role his and would be a big enough star to take over the Marvel Universe after Downey Jr. I say to Marvel if you can get him for the role, then you should certainly sign him up as quickly as possible.

As for Momoa, I can't see him playing Aquaman.
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10:25AM on 01/14/2014

NO to Depp...

Please don't do this to Dr. Strange....please!?
Please don't do this to Dr. Strange....please!?
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10:12AM on 01/14/2014
I just can't picture Momoa as Aquaman, however, I want to see the dude in more films and I am hoping he is actually in Justice League.
I just can't picture Momoa as Aquaman, however, I want to see the dude in more films and I am hoping he is actually in Justice League.
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9:08AM on 01/14/2014

Wow, I'm side blinded by this

I never for a second considered Johnny Depp for a Marvel film or as Dr. Strange. But he's got the look, the age, the experience and the chops to pull it off. Although he would be THE actor to replace RDJ's role as the lead I'd be interested to see how he works in an ensemble. He far outshines the rest of the actors in the Pirate films and he's an incredible character actor. But in order for Avengers to work he's gotta be a little more toned down on the quirkiness. However Marvel seems to know
I never for a second considered Johnny Depp for a Marvel film or as Dr. Strange. But he's got the look, the age, the experience and the chops to pull it off. Although he would be THE actor to replace RDJ's role as the lead I'd be interested to see how he works in an ensemble. He far outshines the rest of the actors in the Pirate films and he's an incredible character actor. But in order for Avengers to work he's gotta be a little more toned down on the quirkiness. However Marvel seems to know what they're doing so if they go this route they must have a plan as to why which would resolve all the above issues.
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9:09AM on 01/14/2014
Or is it blind-sided?
Or is it blind-sided?
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9:00AM on 01/14/2014
Uggg. Johnny Depp needs to retire. I'm sick of his same o' schtick. Jack Sparrow was good for the first film and became stale by the third. He's become so boring. Find someone better
Uggg. Johnny Depp needs to retire. I'm sick of his same o' schtick. Jack Sparrow was good for the first film and became stale by the third. He's become so boring. Find someone better
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8:53AM on 01/14/2014
Depp as strange would be great casting and I dont expect anyless from Marvel, they've always got the casting right (majority of the times). An older and experianced actor is the way to go with doc. As for Momoa as aquaman, badass is all i could say and thats what they need to make aquaman.
Depp as strange would be great casting and I dont expect anyless from Marvel, they've always got the casting right (majority of the times). An older and experianced actor is the way to go with doc. As for Momoa as aquaman, badass is all i could say and thats what they need to make aquaman.
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8:49AM on 01/14/2014
A part of me thinks Johnny Depp as Doctor Strange would be great. But there's a fear he'll play it as Jack Sparrow in different clothes (see lone ranger)
A part of me thinks Johnny Depp as Doctor Strange would be great. But there's a fear he'll play it as Jack Sparrow in different clothes (see lone ranger)
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8:58AM on 01/14/2014
The character of Jack Sparrow was so awesomely played by Depp I suspect whatever Depp does afterwards...one would see Sparrow.even if he played Ghandi ;o)
The character of Jack Sparrow was so awesomely played by Depp I suspect whatever Depp does afterwards...one would see Sparrow.even if he played Ghandi ;o)
10:17AM on 01/14/2014
Hahaha genuinely laughed at that image fair enough jack sparrow great but johnny depp capable much more
Hahaha genuinely laughed at that image fair enough jack sparrow great but johnny depp capable much more
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8:46AM on 01/14/2014
If Marvel wants another actor to take more of the limelight in the Marvel cinematic universe and so reduce the power of RDJ then Depp would be a fabulous choice. Personally, I've had Viggo as my first choice from the start...but they may have to go the way of the quirky when introducing the general public to Strange...and if so, Depp would be perfect casting.
If Marvel wants another actor to take more of the limelight in the Marvel cinematic universe and so reduce the power of RDJ then Depp would be a fabulous choice. Personally, I've had Viggo as my first choice from the start...but they may have to go the way of the quirky when introducing the general public to Strange...and if so, Depp would be perfect casting.
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8:53AM on 01/14/2014
I like your logic on Depp/RDJ. It makes sense.
I like your logic on Depp/RDJ. It makes sense.
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8:45AM on 01/14/2014
Johnny Depp as Doctor Strange? You know what, that actually sounds awesome.
Johnny Depp as Doctor Strange? You know what, that actually sounds awesome.
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8:35AM on 01/14/2014
Personally I'd love to see Guy Pearce as Doctor Strange. But for Jason Momoa, he could be Black Manta.
Personally I'd love to see Guy Pearce as Doctor Strange. But for Jason Momoa, he could be Black Manta.
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