Out of all the Marvel movies that will be coming to theaters in the next two years, we’d have to say Doctor Strange will probably be the most anticipated, along with Avengers Age of Ultron. Strange is arguably the biggest Marvel character who has yet to have their own movie, although there was a TV movie way back in the Seventies. (How many of you also recall the Spider-Man TV series of the seventies?)
Joaquin Phoenix was the top front runner for Strange, but he fell out of the role recently, and now current speculation leads to Ryan Gosling, who has been taking meetings on the role, as they say in Hollywood. As the Hollywood Reporter points out, Gosling “has so far avoided major studio tentpole movies but his recent activities suggest that stance might be changing.”
In addition, Gosling has met about starring in the big screen adaption of DC’s Suicide Squad, as well as a big screen version of the life of Houdini. (Maybe because it’s been adapted from source material that calls him “America’s First Superhero” is what caused the interest in bringing his life to the big screen.)
Other actors up to play Strange include Jared Leto, Justin Theroux, Ethan Hawke, and Keanu Reeves. Nobody has officially signed on just yet, but there is a July 8, 2016 release date Marvel is hoping to keep. Suicide Squad has also been looking at a number of top actors including Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Tom Hardy.