July 15, 2013
RUMOR: Does Marvel Want Joseph Gordon-Levitt To Play DOCTOR STRANGE?
While Comic-Con is about to begin in San Diego, LatinoReview drops a big news item to kick the week off. They say that Marvel Studios is talking about getting Joseph Gordon-Levitt (Inception, 500 Days of Summer, 50/50, Don Jon, Looper) for the lead in their Doctor Strange film. It might seem odd that they'd try to get a supporting actor from The Dark Knight Rises who might end up taking over Batman's mantle in future films. However, JGL was in the mix for Starlord in Guardians of The Galaxy before Chris Pratt ultimately got the role. So Marvel has the young actor on their radar and could want him for a bigger role.
The versatile actor has proven he's able to handle dramatic, romantic, action and comedic roles a perfect melding for a new Marvel property like Strange. LR does state it's a rumor at this point but considering WB might be looking for new Bruce Wayne instead. That could lead Joe to look elsewhere for a franchise project. He's already got a directing credit under his belt alongside Avengers and Captain America: The Winter Soldier actress Scarlett Johansson. Perhaps, Marvel might even consider him to direct as well. Since his film Don Jon is gathering independent critical praise which the studio does fawn over.