October 14, 2014
Matthew McConaughey, Oscar Isaac And Jake Gyllenhaal Also In The Mix For DOCTOR STRANGE
It looks like Ewan McGregor isn't the only name Marvel is considering for Doctor Strange. Variety has released a studio shortlist of other candidates. The new names include Matthew McConaughey, Oscar Isaac and Jake Gyllenhaal, along with previously mentioned Jared Leto, Ewan, and they are confirming Ethan Hawke was indeed in the mix. There's zero mentions of Tom Hardy or Benedict Cumberbatch, so I assume they're out.
Matthew is obviously a hot-property since True Detective and his Oscar win for Dallas Buyers Club. It's assume his next film Christopher Nolan's Interstellar will be massive. The trade is smart to point-out the actor is extremely busy. It's great to see him on this list, as he was many of my early suggestions when it was revealed Strange was next for Marvel. An actor with an upswing in his career and giving solid performances.
Oscar Isaac (Drive, Robin Hood, Inside Llewyn Davis) is another fan-favorite. Even Devin from BadassDigest has been quietly campaigning for him to take the role. He's already apart of the Disney family with a role in Star Wars Episode VII, and showed-up to the Guardians of the Galaxy red carpet over the summer. He's been trying to land his own franchise for a while now, originally competing with Jeremy Renner for the lead in Bourne Legacy. He'll also be seen co-starring with Jessica Chastain (Marvel has been pursing her for years) in A Most Violent Year. If they can't land Matthew, he's my second favorite of these new names.
Another Disney alumni is mentioned for the running as well. Jake Gyllenhaal has been focusing on his indie career since Prince of Persia bombed. Taking-on roles in thrillers like End of Watch and Nightcrawler might help launch him back into a leading man. Jake almost replaced Tobey McGuire in Spider-Man 2.