It seems Ewan McGregor is the next actor rumored to join Marvel’s new film Doctor Strange.
Doctor Strange’s casting has become a bit of a running joke around Marvel’s other interesting rumors, which include Robert Downey Jr. joining Captain America 3.
Ewan McGregor is the next actor on the chopping block for Doctor Strange, which is either having a difficult time finding the perfect actor for the role, or is just filled with baseless rumors from the mill.
Other actors who have been rumored to star in the film include Jared Leto, Benedict Cumberbatch, Ethan Hawke, and Joaquin Phoenix. Her star Joaquin Phoenix seemed like he was the closest to being cast, as reports suggested “talks ended” at the beginning of October.
Joaquin was reportedly not interested in signing on for so many films, as has been the norm for Marvel contracts, and we don’t blame him. A lot of Marvel’s actors have ended up making peanuts compared to someone like Robert Downey Jr., despite putting in the same amount of work due to these early contracts which last nearly a decade.
While Doctor Strange is unlikely to be as interweaved into all the Marvel storylines like we’ve seen Iron Man and Captain America, we imagine any actor who takes on the role will be forced to sign a multi-film contract.
As for McGregor, he’s been out of the spotlight for some time, but he’s a capable actor and we could definitely see him playing a neurosurgeon with incredible intelligence and magical abilities. He’s skilled and it would be nice to see him in a big blockbuster after having some time away.
For now we’ll file this under Marvel rumors, but at some point the studio will have to find an actor who is willing to sign on for Doctor Strange. We know that Marvel president Kevin Feige wants this film made, and it has been a focal point in many conversations over the last few years.
Variety is also reporting that Jake Gyllenhaal, Oscar Isaac, Jared Leto, Ethan Hawke, and Matthew McConaughey are also in the running to play Doctor Strange. Leto is reportedly excited about the role again since Phoenix decided not to take the role.
Let us know what you think about the recent casting rumors.