‘Doctor Strange’ Rumor: Will Jared Leto Play the Sorcerer Supreme?

Published 11 months ago by , Updated June 4th, 2014 at 5:14 am,

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We’ve known for some time that Marvel has been interested in producing a Doctor Strange movie. At one point, they considered Johnny Depp for the titular role, but that didn’t pan out. We even have our own list of potential candidates.

Today, the first big announcement for the film occurred – Scott Derrickson (Sinister), who had previously been rumored to be on the director shortlist,  confirmed that he’d be helming the film, beating out Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies) and Mark Andrews (Brave) for the job.

And while that was all well in good, it wasn’t the only bit of Doctor Strange news for today. Tucked inside a report from Badass Digest was a rumor that Marvel is – or was – interested in casting Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) as Doctor Stephen Strange, the Sorcerer Supreme.

From Badass:

I have also heard that Marvel likes (or liked, I don’t know what the current status of this is) Jared Leto for Stephen Strange.

Obviously, there’s no telling whether or not this rumor is true, so let’s keep that in mind as we analyze it. And even if it is true, it’s very well possible that this is something akin to the Johnny Depp news – yes, Marvel was interested in him at one point, but for whatever reason, it’s not happening now.

Now that we’ve got that out of the way – does Academy Award winner Jared Leto seem like a good fit for Doctor Strange? Could he be cast in the role? Should he?

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Leto certainly isn’t someone most people would expect to be associated with Stephen Strange. Strange is mature and sophisticated, not unlike Sherlock Holmes. Leto is a rock star, he’s a pretty boy, and he has a soft voice. At the same time, he is – as already stated – an Academy Award winner, and has proven he’s a capable actor in films like Requiem for a Dream. He’s also highly capable of growing the prerequisite Stephen Strange facial hair.

I’ve written before about how similar Doctor Strange and Iron Man are as characters. There’s the aforementioned facial hair, the arrogance, the jerkiness, the traumatic experience that led them to become more righteous human beings, etc.

Perhaps this is an indication that Marvel is trying to find an anti-Tony Stark to distinguish between the two characters. After all, Leto is perhaps the polar opposite of Robert Downey Jr. in terms of acting styles. If this rumor is true.

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I have to say that one of the more interesting fan suggestions for actors to play Strange (in my opinion) is Pedro Pascal, the man who plays Oberyn Martell in Game of Thrones. So if this Leto business turns out to be just a rumor or old news – hey Marvel, check out Pascal.

What say you, Screen Ranters? Do you believe this Jared Leto rumor? Do you like Leto for Doctor Strange? Drop us a line in the comments.


Doctor Strangeis currently in development and is expected to be released in Marvel’s Phase Three.

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  1. I love Leto, but ever since someone mentioned Pascal, I can’t get it out of my head! I feel like he’s the perfect person to play Dr. Strange. Aidan Gillen would also be a great choice to me, but he’s as much an independent film guy as Leto. Johnny Depp or Keanu Reeves, not so much. Depp has oversaturated the theaters over the past decade and frankly, I’m just tired of seeing him. Keanu Reeves is just a terrible actor and should stay well away from Marvel’s characters! Make mine Pedro!

    • Pedro is a slam dunk IMO.

      Leto would totally suck. Like IM3 suckage.

  2. Haven’t read the comments but… wouldn’t Leto have been great as Gambit? Yes.

  3. Luke Evans or Johnny Depp, Liam Neeson if you have a time machine to grab his younger self

    • I agree with your Luke Evans nomination…but I’d also like to throw in Mads Mikkelsen.

      • In Mads I trust.

  4. How about..Eric Dane for the role…or Patrick Dempsey

  5. Jared Leto’s voice is unreal
    If he becomes Stephen Strange, I could watch that movie with my eyes closed
    Nah I’ll probly not blink for minutes at a time cuz it’ll be so sick

  6. Daniel Day Lewis?

  7. Pedro Pascal, enough said he looks pretty much like him in a Strange way

  8. Personally, I prefer Joseph Fiennes to play the role of the Sorcerer Supreme. Jared Leto is a curious choice, we shall see if the Marvel gamble will pay off.

  9. Vote for Pedro!!….sigh….I’ll see my self out. But Pedro would be perfect!

  10. Really surprised I haven’t seen anyone else name Jonathan Rhys Meyers for Sorcerer Supreme. He looks a lot like him & is a very good actor.

  11. Leto? no no no no NO. I think he’s a great actor but some actors are just not right for certain roles. You also have to have the look, voice and commanding screen presence which Leto does NOT have for this role.

    I still think Liam Neeson is perfect for the part because Strange is supposed to be older but I also have a name out of left field I want you to consider…….Crispin Glover.

  12. Jim Caviezel or Keanu Reeves

  13. I would love to see Orlando Bloom in the role, dont mind Matt Bomer either.
    Leto isn’t a bad choice either.

  14. Jared would be a great choice

  15. Leto could be an okay choice.

    I also would like Mads Mikkelsen. Maybe Luke Evans, but he might be to young looking.

    And obviously I would still like Cumberbatch.

    Oh, and I am also now on that bandwagon new suggestion for Pascal; he could be another great choice possibly.

  16. Jean Dujardin

  17. be fantastic,if rayon change character,very talented Jared Leto,can not wait ,strong action and character <3

  18. benedict cumberbatch

  19. The singer/actor/comic artist/professor Aurelio Voltaire would be perfect for the role of Dr. Strange. He already has the look and would bring his quirky dark vibe to the role.

  20. Luke Evans as Dr. Strange! Luke Evans como el Dr. Extraño! 卢克埃文斯怪博士!Люк Эванс в роли доктора странно! لوقا ايفانز في دور دكتور غريب! Luke Evans, όπως ο Δρ Strange! לוקע עוואַנס ווי ד”ר מאָדנע! ドクターストレンジとしてルーク•エヴァンス!Luke Evans jako Dr Strange! ლუკა Evans როგორც დოქტორი უცნაური,닥터 스트레인지로 루크 에반스! לוק אוונס כד”ר מוזר! डॉ. अजीब के रूप में ल्यूक इवांस! Lucas Evans bilang Dr Kakaibang! Luke Evans kiel Dr Strange!