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Does Marvel Want Joseph Gordon-Levitt For ‘Doctor Strange’?

joseph gordon-levittLatino Review, which has been parceling out what it contends are details of Marvel’s Doctor Strange script, now reports “trusted sources” say the studio wants Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play the Sorcerer Supreme.

“Now at press time, we are not saying that an offer has been made, that talks have even engaged and who knows, Levitt and his team are probably unaware,” the website writes, “BUT we are hearing that Marvel execs internally are discussing that Levitt is who they figure would be ideal.”

With a run that includes Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Looper and the upcoming Sin City: A Dame to Kill For (we’ll skip over Premium Rush), it’s likely Gordon-Levitt is on the wish lists of a lot of studios. So it’s not difficult to imagine that Marvel executives have their eye on the 32-year-old actor and several of his contemporaries. Even Latino Review concedes it can’t say for sure whether anyone in Gordon-Levitt’s camp has been contacted about Doctor Strange; surely, Marvel would wait until the movie has been officially announced, and possibly a director in place, before it began pursing potential stars.

That official announcement could come as soon as Saturday, during Marvel’s Hall H presentation at Comic-Con International in San Diego. Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige has already confirmed that Doctor Strange is part of the Phase Three plans, and it seems likely the project will be matched with a 2016 or 2017 release date during the panel.


  • andrew11

    Hugh Laurie has always been the obvious choice, but that sounds like box office poison to me. I think he’d be great, but I’m not sure he alone could sell a movie to the public based on a second (third?) string Marvel hero. Then again, I’m pretty sure no one had heard of Chris Hemsworth before Thor…

    But if they’re going to go young, JGL seems like a solid choice.

  • The Batman

    I would prefer Liam Neeson or Edward Norton, but JGL is far from the worst choice they could make.

  • lewis4510

    Too young to play Dr. Strange. Ironically if RDjr had not had already played Ironman/Tony Stark he could have easily have played Dr. Strange.

  • lewis4510

    I think that The Walking Dead’s David Morrisey (the Governor) would make a good Dr. Strange. He’s got a Liam Neeson vibe.

  • chien_clean

    Hugh Laurie should be the guy. Dye his hair brown/black to make him look younger, shave him, I can’t think of an actor that would be more appropriate to play Doctor Strange. Not only Hemsworth but look at Downey’s career before Iron Man. So anything’s possible. Let him be Doctor Strange. Then a Equalizer movie.

  • chien_clean

    That is so true. Pull back to 2008, change everything up, Downey as Strange, Jon Hamm as Iron Man.

  • Applesauce Johnson

    But he’s already Batman!

  • Scott Schleiff

    I know he seems young, but in the Ultimate Universe he’s much younger than the 616 version. It seems that the Cinematic U has been drawing heavily from Ultimate U, so it could make a lot of sense. That said, I don’t like Ultimate Dr Strange nearly as much as 616, so hopefully if they go with JGL (which would be cool!), they’ll treat the character more like the 616 Strange.

  • Stevens61310

    Calling Dr Strange a second (third?) string hero is an indictment on how badly Marvel handles their characters. Dr. Strange is easily one of the most intriguing characters Marvel has but he has been misused and mishandled almost his entire career. I have been reading comics a long time (since the mid-70’s) and for the most part I almost always groan when I see him in a comic. Short of the first first 20 issues of Doctor Strange, Sorceror Supreme from the 80’s I haven’t seen much where he is handled correctly. As for casting I can’t see JGL as Dr. Strange. But Jim Caviziel seems like an intriguing choice

  • Bill Farrand

    If anyone has seen the Starz show, “DaVinci’s Demons”, the star of that show, Tom Riley would be ideal as Stephen Strange. He is a younger guy, but have the make-up people put some gray in his hair and he’d be perfect.

  • RingSpyder

    I’m Ok with this though I would have preferred Depp. He isn’t what he used to be but I still want him in Marvel. Gordon-Levitt could work though just Clooney his hair at the temples. Will he wear the Cape though??

  • Geremy E. Wallen

    I like the idea. I understand why Marvel is looking for younger heroes. There are better choices out there who are older the JGL but considering Marvel movies could run anywhere from 10 to 20 years, a younger cast could provide more movies without too many switch outs.

  • Matty Hoye

    Viggo Mortenson would be GREAT.

  • lewis4510

    Johnny Depp as Dr. Strange made me throw up in my brain a little bit.

  • Gpack3

    It’s a different direction to go in, certainly, but I think Sendhil Ramamurthy would be great. He’s got charisma, authority, an air of mystery, and he’s about the right age.

    Plus he’s cheap compared to most of the names getting thrown out. Marvel tends not to cast big stars as their heroes. Remember, before Iron Man, Robert Downey Jr. was a character actor, not a big movie star.

  • Gpack3

    After all the shit he pulled surrounding The Incredible Hulk, I’d be surprised if Marvel is interested in casting Ed Norton in anything.

  • RingSpyder

    I understand he’s not that popular anymore. I haven’t liked his character choices in awhile but think he could maybe break away from the Captain Jack Sparrow mold with this.

  • Der Langhaarige

    You might think I’m crazy, but I think Timothy Omundson would work. I saw him in some dramatic roles outside of PSYCH and he definitely has the chops, plus the right age (I love JGL, but he is and looks way too young).

    Problem: Would Marvel be willing to go with a TV actor? On the other side, probably more people know his face or name than Chris Hemsworth, when he got cast as Thor.

    Oh well, I’m thinking too hard about something, that won’t happen anyway.

  • GhostMatter

    Well, they’re pretty much the same except at different point in their lives. Young Strange seems definitely more interesting for people unfamiliar with him and it allows Hollywood to get their love interest when he meets Clea and stuff.

  • GhostMatter

    I don’t think it’s because of the supposed “Jack Sparrow” mold but more because I assume fans don’t think he would fit. He’s a very good actor (The Ninth Gate!) but I don’t think he’ll fit.

  • GhostMatter

    I never would’ve expected a suggestion like that but looking at picture, he does have the charm and seriousness I would expect from Strange.

  • RingSpyder

    Its his look in that very movie that makes me think he’d work.

  • Larry Robertson

    I think Adam Levine would be the PERFECT Dr. Strange!

  • andrew11

    I’m not a big fan of Strange, or any of Marvel’s magic stuff, but I’d recommend Brian Vaughan’s Strange miniseries from a few years back. Really excellent stuff.

    Given how Marvel loves to crib from YA fiction, and how they also seem to love superhero academies, I wonder why they haven’t done a “Hogwarts in the Marvel Universe” yet, with Strange as the headmaster or something.

    I actually meant that as a joke, but the more I think about it, the more fun it sounds…

  • Alex W

    Labibibibibidum! Labibibibibido! Labibibibibidum! Labibibibibido!

  • Marvelite

    Hey now. That’s an idea.

  • Orphan

    I agree. Depp would steam roller the production and Strange would be wearing a dead bird on his head.

  • Orphan

    How about Matt Bomer.I’d rather see him do U.N.C.L.E than Strange but better than most. Besides they will pick the other bad choice besides Depp. Ryan Reynolds.

  • jakk

    No. Awful choice.

  • Bradley J. Timm

    Viggo Mortenson is Dr. Strange. *drops mic*

  • AJ

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Doctor Strange? No. Just…no.

    Benedick Cumberbatch or Dominic Cooper.

    You’re welcome.

  • TheGavGav

    I’m gonna throw out Wes Bentley, I think he’d do Strange quite well. He also looks the part, just grey the sides of his hair. Or don’t, it doesn’t matter as long as the character feels true.

  • 01001010110001011101011

    Truth be told, I think Joseph is a little young for the role, but he is a fine actor, so perhaps he’ll do well. My personal first choice is Bryan Cranston, but I’m kind of a lone voice on that, so I’ll be cool with whomever is chosen.
    My real question is, who is the Ancient One (George Takai, maybe) and who will be Mordo. Mordo needs to be a really strong character, because while yes he is being passed over, you need to show how his anger over being passed over after a life time and dedication, for Strange, who is very much just a Harry Potter sort, showing up out of no where, and just getting the prize by destiny, and not the hard work that a guy like Mordo put in.

  • brownbear34

    I want someone older and who pulls off a cool nerd look really well. Some like Robert Downey Jr. except not him cause obviously he’s iron man. Dr. Strange is an older, wiser looking character who looks more like a intellectual (cause he is even before the magic part of his life) than teenage heartthrob.

  • J

    Should be Hugh Laurie

  • JusticeBringer

    RDJ is Stark.

  • Tim LoBiondo

    It will be Johnny Depp. Disney+Depp= money. Lone Ranger was a fluke.

  • Tim LoBiondo

    He can play a smarmy asshat really well. That is how Doc Strange should be in the beginning. Plus he has charisma to match the other Avenger actors.

  • lmk66