Ewan McGregor Rumored to Be in the Running for 'Doctor Strange'
For those who haven't heard, Joaquin Phoenix is officially out of the running for Marvel's forthcoming Phase Three title Doctor Strange. He was in talks, but apparently it just didn't work out. So now Marvel is still looking for a leading man to become the Sorcerer Supreme in the film directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister) and written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). And in typical internet fashion, a new rumor has popped up from Badass Digest, citing an untested source, that has pegged Ewan McGregor as doing some research for the role by checking out some comic books. But it sounds like he's one of a few contenders.
That being said, it's not clear what other names might be in the running either. But given the age range of Joaquin Phoenix and Ewan McGregor, who are respectively 39 and 43, they're clearly looking for somebody with experience. Some people have been asking Keanu Reeves whether or not he'd be interested, and that casting sounds like it would be fun. But there's a part of me that wouldn't mind Marvel thinking outside the box and finding a non-white actor to take the role too. But McGregor has experience with mystical powers having been young Obi-Wan Kenobi, and he's a pretty damn good actor, so we'll see what happens. Marvel has to make a decision pretty soon. Who do you want as Doctor Strange?
UPDATE: Variety reports the shortlist for Doctor Strange also includes Jared Leto (who was rumored before), Oscar Isaac, Matthew McConaughey, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ethan Hawke. Hopefully Marvel figures this out and makes an announcement soon.