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I'm sure most people forget, but Chiwetel Ejiofor had a pretty great showing in a fanboy feature once before, that being his villainous turn in Joss Whedon's Serenity. Now it would appear he's looking to return to blockbuster fair once again, or at least he's being "courted" to do so as Marvel is eying the recent Oscar nominee for a role in Doctor Strange. THR reports sources saying Ejiofor is being sought for the role of the film's villain, which would place him opposite Benedict Cumberbatch who's already signed on to play the title character, the surgeon turned sorcerer supreme. Scott Derrickson (Sinister) is directing for a November 4, 2016 release. In other comic book news, this being of the DC Comics variety, Latino Review is reporting Noam Murro (300: Rise of an Empire) is in the mix to direct Aquaman, which will feature Jason Momoa as the title hero with »
- Brad Brevet
Marvel has entered into negotiations with 12 Years a Slave star Chiwetel Ejiofor for an unspecified supporting role in their Phase Two sequel Doctor Strange. Variety's sources reveal that talks are in very early stages, but the studio is "very high" on the actor for a role. Benedict Cumberbatch was confirmed as the title character back in October.
We also reported last month that Marvel was eyeing Morgan Freeman to play the Ancient One. In the comics, the Ancient One was the previous Sorcerer Supreme, who served as a mentor to Stephen Strange. However, it isn't known if that story will be told in this Marvel Phase Three adventure, following an August report that revealed Doctor Strange will not be an origin story, starting with the character already established as a superhero.
Arts critics tend to get a rough time of it in the movies. Even looking at this year's awards season hopefuls, Birdman casts a wonderfully scabrous Lindsay Duncan as a theatre critic who is determined to kill the hero's play, and Mr. Turner presents John Ruskin as a lisping, pretentious fop, a representation that has led some to take mild umbrage.
To look even further back, at Ratatouille's sneering Anton Ego, or Lady In The Water's film-savvy 'straw critic', or Theatre Of Blood's gleefully murderous tract, there's not a whole lot of love for critics in film. Any of this might give way to the preconception that critics, especially film critics, don't actually like films and that they're out of touch with both the filmmakers whose works they »
Wondering how Benedict Cumberbatch might look in Doctor Strange? Well DeviantArt user thegameworld has posted a rather fantastic piece of artwork featuring the Sherlock star as Marvel’s Sorcerer Supreme. Check it out here…
- Gary Collinson
This is a reprint of our review from the 2014 SXSW Film Festival. There seem to be two Ethan Hawkes working in the movies these days, operating in parallel universes. They look the same and sound the same, but their choice in movies couldn't be more wildly different. There's the Ethan Hawke whose warm, naturalistic performances in things like "Boyhood" are amongst the best in the business, profoundly moving and deeply identifiable. Then there's the Ethan Hawke who makes things like the horror romp "Sinister," where his defining character trait is his oversized cable-knit sweater that he wears in every scene. Last year might have reached a "Back to the Future, Part II" paradox, with Hawke starring in both one of the year's best movies ("Before Midnight") and one of the worst ("Getaway"). So it makes sense that he would sign on to "Predestination," a twisty time travel adventure that deals in alternate timelines and parallel. »
- Drew Taylor
Speaking to Happy Sad Confused, Hawke admitted that he had come "as close as anybody could" to playing Doctor Strange. He told the podcast, which can be listened to below, that he had "a sneaky suspicion that Scott wanted me for [Doctor Strange] too".
Hawke remains "totally open" to taking on a role in another Marvel project, explaining: "We're living in the age of Marvel. Marvel has a tremendous amount of power over what everybody's going to see. They're making »
Before Benedict Cumberbatch landed the role of Stephen Strange in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, there were several other actors in contention. At one point Joaquin Phoenix almost got the gig, and Ethan Hawke was rumored to have been offered the role of the Sorcerer Supreme after Phoenix dropped out. A lot of people thought the actor would get the gig, especially given his background with director Scott Derrickson, as they worked together on the horror film Sinister.
During an appearance on the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Hawke revealed that he came “as close as anybody could,” to landing the role of Strange. Sounds like he may have gotten really close. Now that Strange is off the table though, the actor is still up for joining the Marvel’s cinematic universe.
"There’s a tremendous amount of salesmanship that’s now really important to a studio like that. It’s a »
- Joey Paur
Before a director was announced, there were plenty of rumors about which actor will star in Marvel's "Doctor Strange." Ethan Hawke's name kept coming up, especially after it was revealed that his "Sinister" director was hired. The job eventually went to Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness). But in a new interview with Hawke, the actor mentioned that he was definitely in talks for the role and came "as close as anybody could" to getting the title role. Hawke went on to say that he would be interested in one day joining the Marvel team. "There.s a tremendous amount of salesmanship that's now really important to a studio like that. It.s a tremendous amount of time in your life where you're working and you're not acting. We're living in the age of Marvel... They're making movies at a high rate, and they're making them successfully. I'm totally »
Benedict Cumberbatch is now safely in place as Marvel's Doctor Strange, in the upcoming movie of the same now. Scott Derrickson is directing, and the film is due in cinemas in the UK on October 28th 2016.
Before Cumberbatch was confirmed in the role however, there was no shortage of speculation as to who else might land it. And one name that bubbled to the fore was Ethan Hawke, who of course previously worked with Scott Derrickson on Sinister.
It seems in this instance, however, that there was a little fire to the proverbial smoke. Chatting to the Happy Sad Confused podcast, Hawke admitted that he came "as close as anybody could" to landing the role. Well, not quite as close as Benedict Cumberbatch, but we get the point. He admitted »
Things have changed pretty significantly since the early days of Marvel Studios. Not only do they produce some of the biggest and most popular films around, but they’re becoming an attractive place for actors with whom you may not normally equate commercial, superhero movies. Glenn Close, Benicio Del Toro, Daniel Bruhl, Robert Redford—these are just a few of the esteemed actors who have gladly signed on to appear in Marvel films, and it’s become clear that the studio is aiming high in the casting department for Phase Three, as Joaquin Phoenix entered protracted talks to lead Doctor Strange before eventually opting not to sign on. After Phoenix’s departure, a number of other actors were considered for the Doctor Strange lead before finally settling on Benedict Cumberbatch, including Ethan Hawke. The actor recently spoke candidly about his brush with Marvel and the potential issues that come with »
- Adam Chitwood
Ethan Hawke was a fan-favourite choice to play Doctor Strange since before the movie was even officially announced, and when Scott Derrickson landed the directing gig, many figured he might look to his Sinister star to step into the role of the Sorcerer Supreme. Before we found out that Cumberbatch would don the cape and goatee officially, Hawke's name was mentioned in connection with the part, but we never actually heard anything concrete about that until now. Hawke was a guest on MTV's Happy Sad Confused podcast, and revealed to them that he came “as close as anybody could” to playing the good Doctor. But even though Strange may be off the table, would Hawke be interested in a different Marvel role perhaps? It certainly sounds like he'd consider it, as he discusses the studio's movie-making process with MTV. "There’s a tremendous amount of salesmanship that’s now really »
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