Rumor: Marvel Eyeing Johnny Depp for Phase Three 'Doctor Strange'
As we learned a year ago from Marvel Studios chief Kevin Feige, the plan is for Doctor Strange to be a Phase Three title along with Edgar Wright's Ant-Man (which just added Michael Douglas as Hank Pym). While last summer brought news that Joseph Gordon-Levitt was wanted to lead the film (he was also sought for Ant-Man before Paul Rudd took the role), the Don Jon director has Sandman set up as his own comic book adaptation to lead and direct. Now Latino Review has word that Marvel has met with Johnny Depp about leading the film, and the rumor doesn't sound all that crazy considering his relationship with Disney.
Johnny Depp is known to be a comic book fan, and apparently he's keen on entering Marvel's cinematic universe. In addition, after leading box office hits like the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise and Alice in Wonderland (along with the forthcoming sequel), the actor is very comfortable at the House of Mouse (despite the flop of The Lone Ranger). Supposedly, if Depp wanted to take the role of Doctor Strange, they would shift the production of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, which was pushed back to 2016, to accommodate his schedule. However, the script would very likely need some changes since it follows a 30-year-old Doctor Strange and Johnny Depp is now sitting at 50 years old.
If you're unfamiliar, Dr. Strange is a brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon who found his gift taken away from him after a terrible car accident resulted in extreme nerve damage to his hands. Pushed into obscurity, Strange traveled to the Himalayas where he was trained by a Tibetan sorcerer to hone in on psychic powers and mystical abilities, giving him the amazing mind powers, rather than pure muscle, which he uses to battle powerful villains. Depp isn't an odd choice for the role considering his penchant for the peculiar, but we hope it's not like his wackier fare with Tim Burton. Thoughts?
UPDATE: Variety has confirmed that Johnny Depp has indeed began preliminary talks with Marvel to take the lead role in Marvel's Phase Three title Doctor Strange. The only issue seems to be figuring out how Depp's schedule at Disney would unfold with Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Alice in Wonderland moving forward in the near future as well. We'll keep you posted.
UPDATE #2: Despite Variety's confirmation of the story, Deadline is saying there is no truth to the news after speaking with Marvel. Of course, the comic book movie studio has been known to be a little deceptive, so it's hard to say who we believe. That's why these are rumors, folks. Stay tuned.