THR reports that Marvel has decided on Sinister's Scott Derrickson to direct Doctor Strange. Scott was linked with a group of candidates, but seemingly has been chosen to for the director's chair. The director confirmed this news via his Twitter account, with a photo of himself with the comic and stating his next film would be "Strange". A release date hasn't been announced, it's expected more information will be revealed during Comic-Con.
My next movie will be STRANGE: pic.twitter.com/5pdbO6Op6j
— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) June 3, 2014
His other credits include The Day The Earth Stood Still and the upcoming thriller Deliver Us From Evil. I had a feeling Derrickson was a front-runner, from the get-go. He's also attached to direct a film based on the video game Deux Ex: Human Revolution, which he is also co-writing. We've been hearing for months that Marvel wanted Strange's director to make rewrites to the existing script.
While we've heard Johnny Depp, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jon Hamm mentioned for the lead role. BadassDigest adds another name into the mix, which is recent Oscar winner Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club). Not so odd, since a lot of people had been suggesting his co-star and fellow Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey for the role. The site is quick to
Jared has been apart of a bunch of solid movies including Requiem For A Dream, Fight Club, Panic Room (messy but still good), American Psycho and Lord of War. His break from acting has paid-off and could be ready for a franchise role. We already know that Marvel loves actors with Oscar backgrounds and recent winners/nominees are courted by the studio. I think he would be great in the role, we just have to remember Marvel contacts a lot of Oscar winners/contenders for roles.
It's been rumored that the Doctor Strange role would be a surrogate for Tony Stark for future phases. Leto could be the next Robert Downey Jr. and this could be a very good move on the part of Marvel. I also wouldn't be shocked if Jared was being considered for the Mordo role as well.