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Although there have been no official announcements, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige confirmed three months about that the long-rumored Doctor Strange movie is part of the studio’s Phase Three plans, alongside Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man. With a draft reportedly turned in more than a year and a half ago, it seems reasonable that Marvel might begin to zero in on a director to oversee development, even if the film won’t be released until at least 2016.
That’s why this latest rumor from CHUD doesn’t come completely out of left field. The outlet claims writer/actor Justin Theroux (Tropic Thunder, Iron Man 2) is being considered to play Stephen Strange, and possibly even pen the script. The report is sure to emphasize that Theroux could be one of many actors Marvel is considering for the role — if the studio is even considering him at all — and there’s no guarantee he’s the man who will write Doctor Strange‘s script.
That said, Theroux does have a history with Marvel, even if it’s arguably the weakest of the Phase One films. Still, he has the look of Strange and, with the fact he’s tapped to direct the upcoming Zoolander 2, could be a triple threat for the studio.