‘Doctor Strange’: Justin Theroux Being Eyed to Star? Fede Alvarez Denies Directing Rumor

Published 2 years ago by , Updated May 12th, 2013 at 7:29 am,

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Marvel has ambitious plans for its “Phase Two” series of movies, bringing lesser-known characters to mainstream audiences (Guardians of the Galaxy), while also building on the established characters with multiple sequels (Iron Man 3, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Thor 2: The Dark World). However, Marvel’s Phase 3 plans are potentially even more intriguing, as the company digs even deeper into its massive roster of characters,

One of these characters is the mystical sorcerer Doctor Strange, a key figure in the Marvel Universe and someone who could bring a different flavor to the Marvel movies we’ve seen so far. As Marvel producer Kevin Feige explained recently, “I love the aura of mystery that surrounds this superhero and the magical world that surrounds him. We’ve never faced anything like this and there is a lot of material that we could exploit.”

But who will play Doctor Strange? There has already been plenty of speculation about who could play the Sorcerer Supreme, with producer Victoria Alonso singling out Viggo Mortensen out as someone Marvel would “love to work with.” Now, a new report from CHUD claims that actor/screenwriter Justin Theorux is in the running for the role.

Citing an “industry source,” CHUD says that Marvel is strongly considering Theroux for the part. If true, it would be the second time Marvel has turned to Theroux – though the first time for his acting. Previously, Theroux wrote the script for Iron Man 2.

Theroux could also be a good fit for Marvel because he’s not a super well-known A-List star (despite his tabloid romance with Jennifer Aniston), which meshes with the company’s previous history of hiring lesser-known actors for key parts. Needless to say, since there’s no other confirmation, we’ll take this rumor with a huge grain of salt for now.

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In other Doctor Strange news, we can debunk another recent rumor about the movie. Last week, there was speculation that Evil Dead director Fede Alvarez was being considered to direct the film. However, in an interview with ComicBookMovie.com, Alvarez said that “making a Marvel movie would be something that I would really love,” but that he hadn’t discussed Doctor Strange with Marvel and was unsure of how the rumor got started.

That’s not to say that Alvarez couldn’t still be a good fit for the job – or that Marvel won’t reach out to him – only that they haven’t yet. Based on his impressive (and disturbingly gory) work on the Evil Dead remake, Alvarez is definitely a director on the rise. Of course, I think plenty of fans are still holding out hope that Guillermo Del Toro gets involved with the the project.

What do you think of Justin Theroux for the part of Doctor Strange? And what other Marvel characters would you like to see brought to life in the Marvel Cinematic Universe?


We’ll keep you updated about the status of Doctor Strange as more news comes to light.

Source: CHUD, ComicBookMovie.com

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  1. Keanu Reeves as Dr. Strange, and director by: Andrew Adamson (NARNIA).

  2. Everyone I know is really old so my pick would be someone like Jeremy Irons but Benedict Cumberbatch seems to be like this generations Irons so there you go. Of course some other considerations would be the likes of Jason Issacs or John Cusack. Not really good at casting…

  3. Eddie Izzard for Doctor Strange.

  4. how bout johnny depp for dr. strange. anyone with me? :D

  5. Rufus Sewell

  6. I read Rick Yune on another website and I think that would be pretty cool.

  7. Zachary Quinto would be perfect for that role!

  8. I’ve made several dream casts for different Marvel characters but by far my favorite choice has been Ian Bohen for Doctor Strange. He’s talented, attractive, and a draw for younger fans from his role on Teen Wolf. He looks the part and is a great actor.

  9. gary oldman, gary oldman, gary oldman!

  10. Johnny Depp Please :D