5 Actors Who Could Play Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’

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Doctor Strange Actors List It's been no secret that of all the Marvel comics yet to be adapted to film, Doctor Strange was a top priority. Recent reports have shown that not only is the film moving forward, but that the studio is interested in big-name talent to lead it. Johnny Depp has apparently been approached most recently, following the likes of Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Justin Theroux, all having been rumored for the part at one time or another. So if Marvel is now willing to cast an established star over one the making, the casting choices for 'The Sorcerer Supreme' are wide open. Here is our list of 5 Actors Who Could Play Doctor Strange.

Jon Hamm

Doctor Strange Movie Actors Jon Hamm Given the basic requirements for the character of Dr. Stephen Strange - a cold, arrogant surgeon who injured his hands and must find a new purpose in life - it's not surprising to see rumors that Jon Hamm (Mad Men) is Marvel's second choice for the part. Hamm has made a career of playing borderline detestable figures who audiences can't help but adore, even if he is a bit older than Marvel's usual leading men. But add the fact that Doctor Strange will be trying something entirely new for Marvel (magical, offbeat drama and action), and Hamm's comedic chops could also serve him well. With drama and comedy cred, Hamm's casting would still leave the direction of the film a mystery.

Matt Bomer

Doctor Strange Movie Actors Matt Bomer If Hamm's blend of ego and charm is the direction Marvel's headed, but the studio would prefer an actor a bit younger, then Matt Bomer would be a promising candidate; in fact, on USA's White Collar, Bomer portrays a character not much of a stretch from a young Don Draper. Since being cast for Brett Ratner's failed Superman reboot (and voicing the character instead), Bomer has been a fan-favorite option for Bruce Wayne, as well. We'd argue that Doctor Strange is a better fit, as few proven young actors can pull off Bomer's playboy persona (which made him a fan-favorite for Fifty Shades of Grey) and his lighter side. Again, it seems Marvel is aiming for fame, but if they end up eying a younger, good-looking lead, Bomer remains a choice that wouldn't disappoint.

Orlando Bloom

Doctor Strange Movie Actors Orlando Bloom It isn't just his close proximity to Johnny Depp in the minds of mass audiences that has Orlando Bloom on our list - even if the Pirates of the Caribbean actor did come to fame as part of Disney's blockbuster franchise. Bloom may have failed to remain at the heights of Lord of the Rings or Pirates in terms of fame or recognition, but a little time out of the spotlight isn't a bad thing. That thinking paid off for Marvel by casting Robert Downey, Jr. as the heart of their movie universe, and Bloom's acting skills outside of the limelight are nothing to scoff at. Could Doctor Strange offer him the same chance to shine? Hard to say. But we can see him in the role, which is more than we can say for other names being thrown around.

Keanu Reeves

Doctor Strange Movie Actors Keanu Reeves First things first: yes, Keanu Reeves is a bit eccentric. And yes, his roles are often surprising and divisive. But he already proved up to the task of portraying a sorcerer with knowledge of the occult in Constantine (2005). For good or ill, when Reeves told audiences that staring into a cat's eyes can pierce the veil between humanity and the supernatural, they took his word for it. When Keanu fits a role, he fits, and the enigmatic actor has, in many ways, proved to be both as removed and yet kindhearted as Stephen Strange himself, so we have no question he could give a faithful performance. While many other fan-favorites would raise eyebrows or elicit groans from audiences when they began casting 'spells' or 'summoning spirits,' we believe Reeves would seem right at home - that alone makes him an attractive option.

Benedict Cumberbatch

Doctor Strange Movie Actors Benedict Cumberbatch Few actors have taken the Comic-Con audience by storm in recent years like Benedict Cumberbatch, and with good reason. Roles like 'Khan,' the most iconic villain in Star Trek history, or 'Sherlock Holmes' would catapult any actor into worldwide fame, but Cumberbatch has more than enough talent and presence to not just live up to major roles, but give them new life for entirely new generations. It's hard to think of another actor that could bring the grandeur, ego and sense of wonder to Doctor Strange like Cumberbatch, and the fact that he has become a household name is a one-two punch of 'bankability.' If Marvel is willing to spend top-dollar on a star, then Cumberbatch is a perfect choice - if he would even be interested in the part.


Doctor Strange New Suit That concludes our list of actors that we feel could bring the sense of mysticism, adventure and drama to the upcoming Doctor Strange movie. It's well known that other actors have expressed interest in the role, or look the part like no other, but there is more to making the movie work than simply fitting the cape and collar. What's your take on the film's chances and possible direction? Will the leading man determine how interested you are in the film, or are you a fan of the source material first? Leave your thoughts in the comments. We'll keep you up to date on all news surrounding Marvel's Doctor Strange. Follow me on Twitter @andrew_dyce.
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  1. i want to know if a rom spaceknight movie will be in the works?

  2. I am suggesting Nikolaj Coster-Waldau whois who plays Jaime Lannister on Game of Thrones.

    • He would be great but Pedro Pascal would be better!

  3. I don’t know why Patrick Dempsey is not on this list. He has great acting chops, he can obviously play a surgeon with great believability, he’s charming and has the ‘playboy’ look. The only potential problem I see is that he’s 48; but really, he looks about 40, so I still don’t see a problem there. He even LOOKS like the sorcerer supreme!

  4. This list is the exact opposite of one I’d come up with for the role. I don’t think any of these actors fit the part, and some of them haven’t shown the depth of range necessary for the Sorcerer Supreme.

  5. Ron Glass.

    His back story is already being set up in Agents of SHIELD.

  6. I think Jim Caviezel (The Count of Monte Cristo, The Passion of The Christ) is the best actor to play Dr Strange.


    • Thumbs up! Also like Joe Manganiello for the part. People have to understand Strange is an older character.

      • He really isnt that old throughout the comics. The grey streak only comes aftet he loses the use of his hands and starts stressing, he is generally in his mid-30′s

  7. jonathan rhys meyers would rock doctor strange. Or go out of the box and get Matt Smith.

    • I agree with jonathan rhys myers. His look fits the bill and he is a great actor. He always gets deep into his characters

  8. According to the appearance of doctor strange, i think johny depp will be best actor to play the role of it. Orlando Bloom is also a good choice for this role as he can act the emotions of doctor strange perfectly. Well my best view is Christian Bale.

  9. Richard Armitage… Great actor, imposing, and not really “recycled”.

    • Armitage played Heinz Kruger in The First Avenger, though.

  10. The one ctor who i truly feel could pull this off is John Cusack.
    Check him out in “The Raven”.

  11. Most of that list is Meh, though I can see Orlando in the role, he has grown into a fine actor recently, but when you listed Jon Hamm? I was stunned that I never thought of him. He would be PERFECT!!!

  12. Dudes. Oded Fehr.


  13. What about Matthew Macfadyen as Stephen Strange?

  14. TOM WELLING!!!

  15. But why choose British actors! Even in the U.S. we have fantastic actors and beautiful. I hope that is chosen TOM WELLING!

  16. Going off the board with a suggestion.

    Barry Pepper

  17. As an American. I choose Benedict Cumberbatch, British version of Sherlock is Amazing!!! Thx Netflix lol.

  18. Adam Rayner would be perfect.

  19. Why not have Pierce Brosnan as Doctor Strange. Recent pictures of him make him a candidate in my opinion. A perfect fit.

  20. I take real offense that your first actor here might be too old for a Marvel super hero.one if the reasons the Dr. strange character is a cult favorite is because he isn’t some teen being bitten by a spider.Moreover, I am actually more concerned with the look and the feel of the film being true to its 1960s acid drenched roots (I first heard of Strange because the comic was pictured on a Pink Floyd album cover). I want to see how the “purists” truly react when the film finally does arrive, as many of this characters younger fans would have no idea why it was important that Strange lived in 1970s Greenwich Village with the freaks. Sanitizing history, even comic book history, is detestable.

  21. I think Mads Mikkelsen (the guy who plays Hannibal on TV and played Le Chiffre from Casino Royale) is a good pick. I can really see him in the role:)

  22. Luke Evans as Doctor Strange or GTFO!

  23. Anson Mount would be perfect!

  24. Anson Mount

  25. Does nobody here think that Tech N9ne, even though he doesn’t LOOK like Dr strange, would be perfect for the role? Lol I mean cmon, Strange Music haha. Its obviously a role meant for him to play

  26. The best choice would obviously be Neil Patrick Harris

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