Ryan Gosling Sought After for 'Doctor Strange' and 'Suicide Squad'
The last couple days have brought some big news for fans of both Marvel and DC Comics movies, and now one actor in particular has drawn the attention of both sides. THR reports Ryan Gosling, a gifted actor who has strayed away from big franchises and blockbusters, is currently being courted for two big comic book roles. First, Marvel Studios has met with the actor to take the title role of Doctor Strange, joining names like Ewan McGregor and more who are also in the running. Since Gosling is just one of many names, and doesn't seem all that interested in these kind of films, don't hold your breath, but it's possible. Read on!
On the other hand, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment wait to get Gosling on board for Suicide Squad, the project that was just dated today for release in August of 2016. The film follows a group of super villains trying to redeem themselves by working for the government as a sort of disavowed Impossible Mission Force. But Gosling isn't the big name the studio is trying to wrangle as Will Smith, Tom Hardy and Margot Robbie are also wanted for roles in the ensemble action film. Those seem like tall orders, especially for an ensemble film, and even more especially after Marvel proved with Guardians of the Galaxy that you don't need big stars to make an ensemble like that work.
But if neither of those films seem appealing to Gosling, the trade also notes that Summit Entertainment is trying to get Gosling to lead their adaptation of The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America's First Superhero. Johnny Depp was most recently linked to the role in May, but with production on Pirates of the Caribbean 5 beginning in February, that doesn't really jive with the timetable Summit has to get the film off the ground, so they're looking for a new lead. Could any of these movies tickle Gosling's fancy? The actor has a problem with the commitment that comes with franchise films, which is why he turned down Green Lantern and the role went to Reynolds. Anyway, all of these projects should have more solid casting news coming up soon, so we'll keep you posted.