October 14, 2014
RUMOR: Marvel Looking At Ewan McGregor For DOCTOR STRANGE Role?
Marvel might have their ducks-in-a-row for Captain America 3's spring production. However, the same can't be said for Doctor Strange which is expected to be shooting in spring as well. Joaquin Phoenix recently exited talks to play Stephen Strange, and Marvel had to go back to searching for an actor. While it seems like director Scott Derrickson (Sinister) is ready to begin shooting the new script from Jon Spaihts (Prometheus).
Names like Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy and Jared Leto had been linked by trades previously. ThisIsInfamous has been trying to link actors like Ethan Hawke, Jon Hamm, and Jack Huston as "sure-bets" for the role, but are obviously making stories up. Considering none of these names have ever been brought-up by any of the usual scoopers. Interviewers are trying to get Keanu Reeves cast in the role, that isn't going to happen either.
Trusted/reputable site BadassDigest is giving us a real name to get behind. They are suggesting a rumor that Scottish actor Ewan McGregor (Star Wars Prequels, Trainspotting, Haywire, The Island) is preparing for the role and the studio is looking at him. Ewan was actually a fan-favorite for the Hank Pym role, which went to Michael Douglas. McGregor has international awareness thanks to Star Wars, he also has had a varied amount of action, comedic, dramatic and dark roles throughout his career.
He's previously worked with plenty of Marvel alumni. Those names include Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Gwenth Paltrow, Paul Bettany, Bill Paxton, Josh Brolin, Djimon Hounsou, Stanley Tucci and Christopher Eccleston. Marvel likes to cast actors familiar to them, and that have connections to existing cast members. He also has the same amount of "heat" Chris Pratt and Paul Rudd had when they were tapped to play Marvel leads. It wouldn't be entirely out of place for Marvel to consider Ewan for the part.