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3rd Update, 2:45 Pm (Pt): Finals are in for Guardians Of The Galaxy, the No. 1 Bollywood movie this year stateside Bang Bang, director David Fincher’s thriller Gone Girl (which passed $100M stateside), the Denzel Washington action/drama The Equalizer, the animated The Boxtrolls, the Ya hit The Maze Runner, Luc Besson’s Lucy, Universal’s Dracula Untold, Fox’s sequel Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Ice Age: The Meltdown In 3-D which debuted in China this weekend to $3.2M on 2,800 plays, and also its buddy comedy Let’s Be Cops. In addition, Warner Bros.’ just reported for its horror film Annabelle and the courtroom drama starring Robert Downey, Jr. and Robert Duvall The Judge, and lest we forget Paramount’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (which debuted strong in the UK this weekend) and Hercules which are still playing in 17 markets. Final tallies for stateside newcomers Fox »
- Nancy Tartaglione
If you peruse the geeky side of the Internet, chances are you.ve run into a few articles about Marvel.s upcoming movie Doctor Strange. Set for release in 2016, the film is set to explore a whole new area of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While Thor, Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy have shown us the extraterrestrial facets of this universe, Doctor Strange will expose audiences to something that hasn.t been seen yet: magic. The good Doctor was name dropped earlier this year in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and lately there.s been a lot of buzz over who will play him, with everyone from Benedict Cumberbatch to Ewan McGregor rumored for the role. Combined with Sinister director Scott Derrickson at the helm, this movie is sure to be one of Marvel.s more unique offerings. That being said, despite being a Marvel mainstay since »
(Cbr) Yet another name has been conjured to potentially lead Marvel Studio’s "Doctor Strange" to the big screen. The Wrap reported Friday that Colin Farrell is now a frontrunner for the Sorcerer Supreme role, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Keanu Reeves. The report comes on the heels of this week’s rumor that Ewan McGregor may also be up for the Strange role. This is the first time Farrell — who will soon begin shooting the second season of "True Detective" — has been mentioned as a possible lead for the film. Jared Leto, Justin Theroux, Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke are also apparently interested as well. However, The Wrap’s "Doctor Strange" casting roundup initially also still named Joaquin Phoenix as a frontrunner, despite talks breaking down between Phoenix and Marvel earlier this month. The same report also mentions that aside from once being in contention for Doctor Strange, Tom Hardy »
- Ryan Ingram, Comic Book Resources
There’s been a few sites chipping in this week with shortlists for the lead role in Doctor Strange – with names such as Ewan McGregor (Star Wars), Ryan Gosling (Drive), Ethan Hawke (Sinister), Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar), Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: Episode VII), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) bandied about – and now the rumour mill has churned a few more contenders for the upcoming Marvel movie.
According to The Wrap, Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice) is still in contention for the part, while Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) remains in the mix along with Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), Colin Farrell (Total Recall) and Justin Theroux (The Leftovers). And following his expression of interest, it’s also said that Marvel is giving some thought to Keanu Reeves (John Wick).
At this point, it’s becoming easier to track which names haven’t been linked to the role »
- Gary Collinson
Stranger things have happened.
They will join several others already being considered including Jared Leto, Justin Theroux, Oscar Isaac and yes—Benedict Cumberbatch. For some unknown reason, TheWrap also mentioned Ryan Gosling’s name out there, but highly doubt he wants to part due to family obligations.
- Gig Patta
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has taken us to some pretty strange places so far: a rich arms dealer making a robotic suit of armour to fight international terrorism, a doctor with a serious anger management problem, a frozen soldier awakened fifty years later, an archer who for some reason is expected to keep up with a group of people with actual superpowers. Things are set to get even more odd once they race through the “doorway” into the supernatural parts of the Marvel Universe in the form of Doctor Strange.
Most of the information about the film so far has been speculation on who will take the title role of the Sorcerer Supreme, with everyone from Joaquin Phoenix to Ewan McGregor to Ryan Gosling apparently up for the part. Between those superstars being installed in the eponymous hero’s shoes and safe bet Scott Derrickson (whose 2012 horror flick »
- Tom Baker
When Marvel failed to bring Joaquin Phoenix aboard as the titular character in the studio's adaptation of Doctor Strange, speculation as to who would play the mystical hero quickly shifted to Ethan Hawke, who previously worked with Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson on the 2012 horror-thriller Sinister. Now it seems the casting floodgates have opened, as Variety reports Hawke, Jared Leto, Oscar Isaac, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, and Jake Gyllenhaal are all in the running to play Doctor Strange in Marvel's upcoming blockbuster. There's no telling just how interested each of these actors are in tackling the role, and they all have various projects already in their respective pipelines, save for Leto who is notoriously picky about the projects he takes on. Just last night it seemed McGregor was the studio's top choice, but Marvel appears to be looking at every possible option before making a decision, which makes sense given »
- Jordan Benesh
We were a little bummed that Joaquin Phoenix is officially out of the "Doctor Strange" game, but the latest list of names being bandied about is fairly heartening. (Learn more about this Marvel-ously strange superhero here.)
First up: Ewan McGregor! The frequently pantsless young Obi-Wan is reportedly "prepping for the role," according to our pals at Badass Digest. "I contacted one of my usual sources and asked if this was true, and I was told, 'They're looking at him,'" Devin Faraci wrote yesterday. Although "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace," "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones," and "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" didn't exactly rock our worlds, McGregor is a very talented actor whose name we wouldn't mind seeing up on a marquee.
Variety got in the game later last night with a few more names, and they're equally interesting. »
- Jenni Miller
Since Joaquin Phoenix was revealed to no longer be in the running for Doctor Strange, several actors have been rumoured for the role in Marvel Studios’ latest franchise. Now Bad Ass Digest is reporting that Scottish actor Ewan McGregor is the latest actor Marvel is considering for the Sorcerer Supreme.
After Phoenix dropped out of the running Ethan Hawke was said to be the latest contender, and Variety has stated that Hawke is in the frame for the part, along with Jake Gyllenhaal, Oscar Isaac, and Dallas Buyers Club Oscar-winners Jared Leto and Matthew McConaughey.
With production set to start next year the casting of the lead will be of paramount importance, so expect to hear an official announcement soon.
Who would you like to see as Doctor Strange? Let us know… »
- Thomas Roach
Last week, news broke that Joaquin Phoenix had walked away from whatever negotiations he was having over taking on the title role in Marvel and director Scott Derrickson's Doctor Strange movie. Phoenix had been linked with the role for some time, although we likely won't know for some time just how close he came to taking it (if at all).
Anyway, Variety is now reporting that Marvel has a shortlist of six names for the Doctor Strange role, some of whom have been linked with it in the past, some of whom are fresh to the list.
With Joaquin Phoenix dropping out of talks earlier this month, Marvel has resumed its search for someone to play Doctor Strange for director Scott Derrickson. According to Badass Digest, the company’s eye has fallen on Ewan McGregor, though nothing has been decided yet, so keep your giant neon rumour sign handy.According to the site’s source, McGregor has been doing research (which in this case might just be code for “buying a lot of comics and calling it a business expense”) and the studio is looking at him for the role. It makes some sense: he’s a man used to big franchises (expect the part to come with the usual multi-film contract) and has convincingly played someone who uses powers on screen before, though those were Jedi-flavoured.He’s not the only person in the mystical rumour-sphere for the character, however. Derrickson’s Sinister star Ethan Hawke »
For those who haven't heard, Joaquin Phoenix is officially out of the running for Marvel's forthcoming Phase Three title Doctor Strange. He was in talks, but apparently it just didn't work out. So now Marvel is still looking for a leading man to become the Sorcerer Supreme in the film directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister) and written by Jon Spaihts (Prometheus). And in typical internet fashion, a new rumor has popped up from Badass Digest, citing an untested source, that has pegged Ewan McGregor as doing some research for the role by checking out some comic books. But it sounds like he's one of a few contenders. That being said, it's not clear what other names might be in the running either. But given the age range of Joaquin Phoenix and Ewan McGregor, who are respectively 39 and 43, they're clearly looking for somebody with experience. Some people have been asking Keanu Reeves »
- Ethan Anderton
Plot: A young jazz musician finds his talent, heart and well-being tested when he enters the class of a pitilessly demanding instructor. Review: Producer Jason Blum is best known for his micro-budget horror efforts; his credits range from Paranormal Activity to Insidious to Sinister. But none of those films really come close to the intensity of his new production, Damien Chazelle's Whiplash, an intimate yet pulse-pounding study of a young musician's maturation through »
- Eric Walkuski
"The crazy 'acid trip' way of traveling through dimensions and traveling through realms, is something that we think is very, very cool..." said Marvel's Kevin Feige, about the studio's big screen "Doctor Strange" feature, with a production start date now set, targeting a July 8, 2016 release:
The new film will be directed by Scott Derrickson from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts, with 43-year old Ethan Hawke in talks for the lead role, as well as talks reportedly with 'Big Boy Caprice' Al Pacino as 'Baron Mordo' (?!) Pre-production is now starting @ the UK's Pinewood-Shepperton with principal photography scheduled for May 2015.
"(Strange) is a classic Marvel origin story, because he’s got one of the best origins ever, and it’s our opportunity to take that left turn into the supernatural," said Feige.
"Now what is the definition of ‘supernatural’? It varies...based in physics and based in quantum mechanics...an explanation of »
- Michael Stevens
Update 10/2/14: According to Deadline, Marvel has stopped talking to Joaquin Phoenix about starring in Doctor Strange and is now pursuing other actors. There's no official reason given, just that Phoenix -- who next stars in Paul Thomas Anderson's Inherent Vice -- isn't the superhero-movie kinda guy. Others rumored to have been considered include Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch and potentially Ethan Hawke. The film, directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister), is reportedly due out in 2016. Original story from 7/25/14 below... Marvel's big presentation at Comic-Con isn't until Saturday (July 26 at 5:30 p.m. Pst, to be specific), and people have been wondering for quite some time what exactly it'll be showing off at the event. The most pervasive rumor is...
- Peter Hall
Marvel’s sights have been set on quirkster extraordinaire, Joaquin Phoenix, for the title role in Doctor Strange for some time now. Since this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, the studio behemoth have reportedly been pursuing the actor in order to secure his involvement. To be frank, the ‘news’ about Doctor Strange has thus far been based primarily on gossip, rumours and many unreliable sources. Now, however, we’re hearing from Deadline – a more reputable outlet – that Phoenix is officially off the project.
This could be directly related to yesterday’s news from This Is Infamous, who allegedly had it on good authority that indie fave Ethan Hawke was in talks. In fact, they went so far as to say he’d “progressed into contract talks with a six-picture deal.” Hawke’s name has been linked to the project for some time now, possibly due to his previous professional relationship with Doctor Strange director, »
- Gem Seddon
Highly-placed sources have told Deadline that talks between Phoenix and Marvel Studios broke down in the final stages, and a search has begun for a new actor.
Doctor Strange made his first appearance in the comics in 1963, and has been tipped as a gateway character for the cosmic side of the Marvel Cinematic Universe.
Who should play Marvel's Doctor Strange? Cumberbatch, Laurie and more
Before yesterday it seemed Joaquin Phoenix just might sign on the dotted line and become the titular character in Marvel's Doctor Strange (7/8/16) for director Scott Derrickson. Then, suddenly a website named This is Infamous reported Ethan Hawke was now in the running. Hawke having worked with Derrickson on Sinister and, most recently, Deliver Us from Evil seemed an obvious choice for a rumor and just as quickly as the rumor hit the net, MTV posted an interview with Hawke (see below) in which the actor shows interest. Well, Hawke's interest may be close to a realization, or it's at least closer today as Deadline reports Phoenix has dropped out of contention for the role, though at the same time Mike Fleming says the talk of Hawke taking on the role is "speculation run wild". At this point it's becoming harder to actually care who gets cast in any of these »
- Brad Brevet
The same rumor claimed that not only had Ethan Hawke been offered the title character after talks with Joaquin Phoenix broke down, but that he accepted over the weekend, with negotiations currently happening for a six-picture deal. This new report claims that is completely untrue, and it's not even clear if Ethan Hawke is in the running.
After a lengthy negotiation process that was supposed to be finalized leading into Comic-Con 2014 weekend this past July in San Diego, but has since stretched all the way into October, Marvel and Joaquin Phoenix just couldn't see eye to eye on what his role in the Marvel Universe should be. It should be noted that the actor never had a deal. »
Earlier in the week it was reported that Marvel Studios had given up on its number one choice for the role of the Sorcerer Supreme, ending negotiations with Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice) and offering the role to Ethan Hawke, star of Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson’s Sinister.
Well, Deadline is now reporting that Phoenix is indeed out of contention for the lead, but before Ethan Hawke fans get too excited, the site is also stating that rumours of Hawkes’ casting “is speculation run wild.”
So, it looks like Marvel is back to square one in its search for Doctor Strange, with the likes of Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), Benedict Cumberbatch (Sherlock), Johnny Depp (The Lone Ranger), Jon Hamm (Mad Men) and Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) all having previously been linked to the role.
Who would you like to see as Doctor Strange? Let us know your thoughts… »
- Gary Collinson
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