Rumor: Marvel Wants Joseph Gordon-Levitt For Doctor Strange

Rumor: Marvel Wants Joseph Gordon-Levitt For Doctor Strange

Joseph Gordon-Levitt headshot

Word has it that Marvel Studios hopes to cast Dark Knight Rises star Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Doctor Strange for an upcoming superhero film adaptation.

That rumor comes courtesy Latino Review which cites an unnamed, "trusted source" who claims that Levitt has met with Marvel Studios and that the firm sees Levitt as the "ideal" choice for a cinematic adaptation of Doctor Strange.

Strange, for those of who lack an attic full of longboxes, was a talented, wealthy surgeon who mutilated his hand and was unable to continue in his profession. Following the accident, he travels the world seeking, well, whatever it is that you seek when your life is a shambles. To make a long story short, Strange meets a magical Asian man who he adopts as his servant, and shortly thereafter he becomes the Sorceror Supreme of the Marvel Universe. If that title is meaningless to you, just know that he's the guy that other superheroes go to when they have big, existence-threatening problems of the magical variety.

He's also been around for decades and features prominently in many Marvel stories, so it's inevitable that Strange will appear in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Levitt, as comic book fans already know, starred in The Dark Knight Rises, a film based on DC Comics' Batman property, but that shouldn't have any bearing on the possibility of his joining a Marvel Studios film. While the comic book wings of DC and Marvel are eternally locked in a struggle to determine the fate of geek allegiance, the cinematic off-shoots of these companies are free to trade actors at will. As you may recall, Ryan Reynolds portrayed DC's Green Lantern and Marvel's Deadpool (though since both roles were in terrible films, we won't blame you from erasing them from your memory).

As for this potential casting news, it sounds awesome. Levitt has proven himself a very competent actor, and he's enough of a darkly handsome guy that he could certainly pull off the alluringly mysterious aspect of the Doctor Strange character. Plus, that would add one more major, impressive name to the Marvel Cinematic Universe roster. Personally, I'd love to see an Avengers flick that teams Levitt with Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, et alia. If nothing else, that would be a very impressive, attractive ensemble.

Source: Latino Review

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Please no.

My dream casting would be Kevin Spacey, it'd be worth it just to see him and RDJ eventually meet up. Never mind the fact that he'd KILL in the role.

Surely there's aa better point of reference for this guy then 'Dark Knight Rises' star, I'd mostly forgotted he was even in it.

Looper maybe? Pretending you look like a young Bruce Willis is more noteworthy than being a minor sideline a Batman film.

Or "that kid from 3rd rock", maybe.

Anyways.. .He seems like a decent actior, but a bit hard to take seriously, too much of a young boyish look to him, not sure he's passable as anything other than a character that's suppoed to come across as "still has some growing up to do".

That would be a cool movie. I feel like Dr. Strange as the most interesting origin story. Levitt seems a little young but I'll have to see what he looks like with goatee to confirm this. If they do make it, let's hope it'll be better than the other Dr. Strange movie

Hmmm... maybe... just maybe...
Still prefer Jeff Bridges.

thetoddo:
Please no.

My dream casting would be Kevin Spacey, it'd be worth it just to see him and RDJ eventually meet up. Never mind the fact that he'd KILL in the role.

There is a welsh guy named Luke Evans that would be a good Dr. Strange.

JGL would be good for lots of other marvel characters though.

My only objection is that I feel that he looks a little bit young. Strange isn't old in the comics, but he definitely isn't as young as JGL looks like he is (I know that JGL is in his 30's, but he just looks so young). That said, I'm sure he will do a spectaular job if he does indeed get the role.

saintdane05:
Hmmm... maybe... just maybe...
Still prefer Jeff Bridges.

thetoddo:
Please no.

My dream casting would be Kevin Spacey, it'd be worth it just to see him and RDJ eventually meet up. Never mind the fact that he'd KILL in the role.

He'd be ok in the role, but he already played Obediah Stane in Iron Man 1.

He's too young. I don't doubt he'd make a good Strange in ten years though :P

Also, something that throws this whole article's legitimacy out the window

Rumor: Marvel Wants Joseph Gordon-Levitt For Doctor Strange:

That rumor comes courtesy Latino Review which cites an unnamed, "trusted source" who claims that Levitt has met with Marvel Studios and that the firm sees Levitt as the "ideal" choice for a cinematic adaptation of Doctor Strange.

Here's teh source.
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Fappy:
He's too young. I don't doubt he'd make a good Strange in ten years though :P

Which would be about right when this movie gets off the ground. :/

Captcha: White Bread

Really Captcha?!? You just had to go there didn't you.

Nah, He's kinda too young looking.
Granted, I don't think that Dr. Strange is old himself, but the OP's pic along makes him look around 20.

IMO? Patrick Dempsey AKA Dr. Shepard from Grey's Anatomy.
Bit a work on his hair, grow a goatee, he could do the part.

That and the whole "Doctor" thing :P

saintdane05:
Also, something that throws this whole article's legitimacy out the window

Rumor: Marvel Wants Joseph Gordon-Levitt For Doctor Strange:

That rumor comes courtesy Latino Review which cites an unnamed, "trusted source" who claims that Levitt has met with Marvel Studios and that the firm sees Levitt as the "ideal" choice for a cinematic adaptation of Doctor Strange.

Here's teh source.
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I hear what you're saying, but the Latino Review's rumors are usually spot on. I suspect bugs or bribes. :P

Nic Cage, seriously, think about.

THINK ABOUT IT.

THINK ABOUT IT HARDER.

Genius, I know. You know you want this to happen, it would be amazing on multiple levels.

thetoddo:

I hear what you're saying, but the Latino Review's rumors are usually spot on. I suspect bugs or bribes. :P

The thing is, Marvel (and Disney) are masters of preventing spoilers. THink of how few plot leaks there have been up til now. Plus, assuming this is real, why would Levit agree to this? I mean, he could be teh next Batman! Why would he pass that up?

He seems a bit young, but give him some facial hair and he could maybe pull it off.

But to be honest, he could be played by fucking Nicolas Cage for all I care, as long as I get to see Dormammu on the big screen.

I love Levitt as an actor (was very disappointed when the rumors of him playing The Riddler weren't true), but he is just a bit too young for Strange. If strange was an accomplished surgeon, he would have to be at least in his mid-30s.

I still think Liam Neeson is the obvious choice. His Rash-Al Guul (or however you spell it) already kind of looked like Strange. He would just need all the robes and to die his hair a little.

Pa-Lease!
Dr Strange should be a much older bloke anyway.

valium:
Nic Cage, seriously, think about.

THINK ABOUT IT.

THINK ABOUT IT HARDER.

Genius, I know. You know you want this to happen, it would be amazing on multiple levels.

Disagree, Nic cage need to be Hank Pym, the guy just got the right kind of egotestical douchy insanity for Nic to perform at his best.

Damn it man there is only one real answer.

Hugh Laurie.

He'd be perfect.

DEAR GOD NO!!!!!!! Since Iron Man all I have wanted is a Doctor Strange movie and this would not be a good move IMO. He is way to young. I know that Strange is immortal but he was in his mid-40s when he became Immortal. Plus I just don't like Levitt that much.

Jackel86:
I love Levitt as an actor (was very disappointed when the rumors of him playing The Riddler weren't true), but he is just a bit too young for Strange. If strange was an accomplished surgeon, he would have to be at least in his mid-30s.

I still think Liam Neeson is the obvious choice. His Rash-Al Guul (or however you spell it) already kind of looked like Strange. He would just need all the robes and to die his hair a little.

I am 100% with you there. I think Neeson would be the perfect choice for Strange.

This is going to get strange (no pun intended).

Ryan Reynolds was cast as both Deadpool and Green Lantern. Gordon-Levitt has already been in TDKR. All of this is in the article, of course. Finally, you have Halle Berry as both Storm and Catwoman (though nobody could blame you for forgetting THAT, either) What weirds me out is where it foes from here. Tobey McGuire as the Martian Manhunter? Christian Bale as Iron Fist? Jim Carrey as Ghost Rider?

...Actually, given Nick Cage's version, that would probably be a lateral move.

thetoddo:
Please no.

My dream casting would be Kevin Spacey, it'd be worth it just to see him and RDJ eventually meet up. Never mind the fact that he'd KILL in the role.

Kevin Spacey? Dear God, I think I'd rather have Adam Sandler in the role.

Spacey would be utterly fantastic as Baron Mordo, Stranges Archnemesis. And I could picture Christian Bale very easily as Strange. Strange needs someone who has a few years on him and shows a bit of wear. The whole point is he is not a young physically fit superhero. He is a little older and wiser.

Naaaaaaaaaaah. Nah. I like Levitt, especially in movies like Brick and Looper but he's not Strange. An underrated actor would play this better, I think. But what do I know, I think Jim Carrey would make a good Deadpool.

He needs to be a lot older and have a more experienced, weather-beaten look to be believable.

ninjaRiv:
But what do I know, I think Jim Carrey would make a good Deadpool.

I thought Deadpool was supposed to be funny.

OT: I only vaguely know the character (I thought he was an antagonist, actually) but from the description he seems much too young. Great actor, though.

I'd be down for that. I've enjoyed him in every role I've seen him in so far (So Inception and Dark Knight Rises). Really I just want a Dr. Strange movie.

You know who else wants JGL for Doctor Strange? Me! Or pretty much anyone else that's a decent actor and would make a good movie. I would say Nic Cage, but I want a Doctor Strange movie to do well not flop.

valium:
Nic Cage, seriously, think about.

THINK ABOUT IT.

THINK ABOUT IT HARDER.

Genius, I know. You know you want this to happen, it would be amazing on multiple levels.

Cage can't do it for the same reason that Bridges can't do it, he already IS a Marvel character (Ghost Rider)

For me, and I will probably get a lot of flack for this, but I think Mathew Perry would probably be good in the role, he is the right age, and he has demonstrated some serious acting chops in the past like on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.

I was calling for a Dr. Strange movie (and a Black Panther movie) THE DAY AFTER Avengers premiered. So yeah.... you can say I might crack a smile should the project be greenlit.

I don't always cast magic...
...but when I do, I turn people into boxes.

Stay on this side of reality, my friends.

---

Seriously, though, not old enough. And he doesn't seem refined enough either. I will only settle for one person:

Cristopher Walken.


See? He's got all the moves down already.

Fappy:
He's too young. I don't doubt he'd make a good Strange in ten years though :P

My thoughts exactly.
Although if they do the origin story, I can see Strange being young and rash, but I'd like him to grow up.

Maybe he could play him in the flashbacks or something?

Jackel86:
I love Levitt as an actor (was very disappointed when the rumors of him playing The Riddler weren't true), but he is just a bit too young for Strange. If strange was an accomplished surgeon, he would have to be at least in his mid-30s...

Gizmo1990:
...He is way to young. I know that Strange is immortal but he was in his mid-40s when he became Immortal...

This is it; general consensus is they should go with somebody older.

Liam Neeson, Pierce Brosnan, Jeff Bridges, Jeremy Irons, Hugh Laurie etc. All men with a bit more of the aged gravitas the role requires.

My candidate: Ralph Fiennes - Voldemort as the Sorcerer Supreme.

I don't know. As others have pointed out, he looks too young for the role. He has the same chances of convincing me he is a genius surgeon as Denise Richards had of being a nuclear physicist.

My choice: Patrick Dempsey

 

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