Jared Leto Rumored to Be in the Running to Play 'Doctor Strange'?

June 4, 2014
Source: Badass Digest


Now that Marvel has zoned in on Sinister and Deliver Us from Evil director Scott Derrickson to direct their Phase Three title Doctor Strange, they need to find a star to bring the magical superhero to life. Names like Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Johnny Depp have been mentioned in the past as possible contenders, but it's not clear if any of those rumors are solid. Now one more name is in the mix with Badass Digest mentioning that Marvel was once keen on Dallas Buyers Club star Jared Leto, fresh off his Oscar win. However, the source isn't quite sure if that's a current train of thought at the comic book studio. Read on!

Leto is a solid actor, but he doesn't seem like the right guy to bring attention to this kind of character who will need to be familiarized with audiences before hitting the big screen. Both Depp and Gordon-Levitt have bigger profiles and followings, so their casting would make a bit more sense. However, with someone like Derrickson on board, you have to wonder if he's pushing for someone like his Sinister star Ethan Hawke to take the lead role. But then again, he too has the issue of not necessarily drawing a younger audience to the project. Anyway, now that a director is in place, expect to have a leading man cast soon. Thoughts?


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  • OfficialJab
    Leto is preferable to Depp I think. Not sure, I don't know the character.
    • Vanilla Director
      Marvel is too cheap. They won't pay for top talent like Depp.
      • OfficialJab
        Really? They cast pretty big. SJ was apparently the highest paid actor in Avengers and they wrote her into Cap 2, that surprised me.
  • CoosCoos
    While I love Depp, he's just too old. Leto could work.
  • Gooniesmurf
    Hmmm... I don't see it. Someone I would like to portray the Dr of mystic arts would be along the lines of Pedro Pascal.
  • Astroboy3000
    Leto or Hawke would be good, but I'm hoping for Kurt Russell.
  • Luke Hanna
    Leto would be my first pick, then maybe Depp. By the way, it's only an 8 year age difference between the 2
  • Rock n Rollllll
    Id be impressed if he gets chosen for the role. Great choice.
  • MattPeloquin
    This is perfect casting.
  • ListenToVinyl
    Come on its a Marvel movie. People will see it no matter who the lead is.
    • mooreworthy
      Peter Dinklage!
      • The Walking Cuban
        His limbs are too long. After the accident, Dr. Strange's hands were glued onto his armpits.
    I didn't even think of Leto as Doc Strange, but I like it. // Personally though, I was hoping for Jon Hamm.
  • GG
    I think Jared Leto is a great choice...tremendous actor...Plus you would have the added benefit of his worldwide fan base, as lead singer for 30 Seconds to Mars.
  • Maxx
    Leto would be a fantastic choice but he doesn't seem like one to take a multi picture deal. He seems to prefer to take breaks and try different things. I would be psyched to see him as Strange. My second favourite would be Peter Dinklage. Yes, he was in X-Men but Cap used to be good ol' Johnny Storm so...
    • The Walking Cuban
      Too tall
  • Vanilla Director
    Too young. A All this news isn't going to take the spotlight off Ant Man. Marvel Execs... WTF?!
    • Christopher Roberts
      He is in his 40s!




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