Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Marvel execs mull Joseph Gordon-Levitt for the role of 'Doctor Strange'

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Strange casting news emerged from San Diego Comic-Con (SDCC) 2013 on Monday. Marvel Studios is reportedly very interested in the "The Dark Knight Rises" actor for the starring role in the yet unannounced movie.

The information was first published in Latino Review, which has a solid reputation for breaking movie news.

There were, though, a number of caveats in the report.
Now at press time, we are not saying that an offer has been made, that talks have even engaged and who knows, Levitt and his team are probably unaware, BUT we are hearing that Marvel execs internally are discussing that Levitt is who they figure would be ideal.
Although Doctor Strange is the Marvel Universe's Sorcerer Supreme, he is relatively unknown to most comic book fans. First debuting in 1963, the character, Dr. Stephen Strange, was a gifted surgeon who sought out the Ancient One to heal his hands after they were injured in a car accident. Those injuries left Strange unable to perform surgery.

Instead, though, the Ancient One trained him to become Master of the Mystic Arts and the Sorcerer Supreme of Earth.

Gordon-Levitt would join Ryan Reynolds are a cross-publishing studio comic book star. Reynolds has played Deadpool, Hannibal King (both Marvel), and Green Lantern (DC). Doctor Strange, of course, comes from Marvel, whereas his turn in "The Dark Knight Rises" is for DC (although John Blake was an original character created for the movie).

Chris Evans is also a multi-comic character film star; he was The Human Torch before he played Captain America.

It's anticipated that Marvel may announce "Doctor Strange" at its Saturday SDCC 2013 panel.

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