Doctor Strange Casting?

Doctor Strange Casting?

There have been rumours abound in recent weeks over the casting of Doctor Strange in the unstoppable juggernaut that is the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Recently we’ve seen names like Joaquin Phoenix and Ewan McGregor being discussed for the character who was ever so briefly referenced in this year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

Doctor Strange of course is the protector of earth against all magical threats, he was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko and first appeared in an issue of Strange Tales which was published 1963. Doctor Strange is also referred to as “the mightiest magician in the cosmos!”

It is now being reported that Benedict Cumberbatch is in final negotiations to portray Doctor Strange in the MCU. Supposedly Joaquin Phoenix was a favourite at Marvel Studios, but was reluctant to sign on for a multiple film contract.

Benedict is a busy man of course, appearing in the Hobbit trilogy which sees its final film released this December, and he’s still the leading man on TV’s Sherlock.

While not yet confirmed by Marvel, the Doctor Strange solo film is rumoured to be targeting a mid-2016 release, if true they’ll be keen to lock in their leading man soon so that the film’s production schedule can be locked in.

Leith spent most of his formative years growing up on the coastal fringes of Western Australia without a cinema in sight. There he grew up on the wonders of home rentals before relocating to Perth and gaining access to a proper cinematic experience just in time for the Star Wars Special Edition re-releases. From there Leith's love of movies expanded to volunteering on a Star Wars fan film, reviewing films, writing about film news, and attending film and pop-culture related conventions on the other side of the world. Leith's favourite films are too many to mention but all start with the Star Wars saga, Back to the Future, the Dark Knight trilogy, Indiana Jones, Lord of the Rings and all things Kevin Smith. With an insatiable appetite for all things pop-culture related Leith also has an unhealthy addiction to the world of comics and can often be found buried under a pile of unread back issues madly trying to catch up on a number of titles coming out from mostly DC and Darkhorse.