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

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Doctor Strange Actors ListIt'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 HammGiven 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 BomerIf 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 BloomIt 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 ReevesFirst 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 CumberbatchFew 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 SuitThat 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 like Matt Bomer, and Orlando Bloom in this list… heck even Keanu or Johnny Depp I wouldn’t mind
    but my wishful thinking would be Patrick Dempsey XD

  2. Matt BOmer, MOrtensen or Cumberbatch.
    Depp is 50 sumthin . Need I mention Lone Ranger ?

  3. i thought Hamm was already cast??

    • There r no formal announcements yet made by Marvel.
      Hamm is only one of several candidates for the role.

  4. sure speculating is fun – but it’s a waste of time (and basically just a “filler” article – until Marvel announces a director for the film which has not technically even been announced – NO CASTING decisions will happen.

    And as much a Dr. Strange is a top priority – so is getting a female hero film and/ or person of color (ie. obviously — Black Panther).
    Doctor Strange will probably come after that – ie. Phase 4 – which will probably also include other “magic” characters – Ghost Rider, Blade, etc.

    Everything will be inspired 1st by the Avengers films – so that the solo films can tell those characters stories.
    and Dr. Strange was never considered a major part of any Avengers stories – at least not in the early years.

    • This folks. THIS.

      • We get about 5 DC casting rumors a week, but when we get an article about possible candidates for a Marvel superhero, the whole world’s in an uproar.

        • This folks. THIS.

          …I mean in all honesty this is so true.

          • Well maybe not the whole world, but at least all the Internet Goers and Screen Ranters.
            @Guest, why not get casting decisions down? They confirmed they are doing it, maybe they are looking for a Director and cast at the same time? Marvel is sneeky, maybe they have a director already, and this site has failed to write an article on it…I mean come on. We get 3-5 casting rumors for DC and people are crazy, then we get one casting marvel rumor and one person decides to loose their pants.

            • I could care less about Marvel or DC casting rumors and made no mention of that – I just don’t respond to every article. FYI – the reasons casting ALWAYS comes after a director is chosen is because the director must make the decision who they like, who they want to work with and most important who fits the creative vision of the director.

              the very few times an actor of any level is chosen prior to a director is when the actor is perhaps also a producer, writer or other top tier creative … or when they were previously chosen from a prior film in a series.
              ie. – Tom Cruise is the boss of his movies and basically HE picks the director – ie. he picked JJ – who now is at a level that he calls all the shots on his films – first Star Trek and now Star Wars.

  5. jim caviezel.

    • Good call…

    • He can play all the roles. He’s that awesome.

  6. THANK YOU! I’ve always said Jon Hamm would be a good Dr. Strange!

  7. Orlando Bloom should not be compared to RDJ. RDJ cashed in all his D-bag credits at once, hit rock bottom and climbed back to stardom. Bloom just hasn’t been in anything noteworthy since LOTR.

  8. Nicolas Cage. Do it Marvel. You know you want to.

  9. Benedict Cumberbatch get’s my vote over everyone on this list.

  10. I think Matt Bomer and Orlando Bloom look the part of DR. Strange

  11. Michael C. Hall from Dexter

  12. Nah, I’m gonna stick with Depp.

  13. I love Keanu so my vote goes to him for a role such as this. He’s not only a terrific actor he also proved he can direct an awesome movie as well. He has this strange vibe with him that he could pull off both egotistic surgeon and sorcerer supreme while making it believable. I’d prefer him over Depp or anyone else on this list.

  14. judging johnny depp as unfit for dr. strange because of the lone ranger is cold
    what about his other films? slamming the lone ranger on depp is unfair, i would agree that he is unfit for dr. strange if he made horrible movies all throughout his career
    we all have ups and downs but judging someone because of one film is just sad

    • I couldn’t agree more. Although Depp isn’t the best actor around he can pull it off. I think I mentioned him as Dean Corso on 7th Gate before, on that movie he IS Doctor Strange. But lone ranger sucks.

      • lol…you keep saying 7th Gate but the movie is 9th Gate. And yea that movie was pretty decent.

    • Um… the Lone Ranger was a good movie besides some unrealistic stuff. They just told you it was crap so you believed it. But all that to say PLEASE NO! Not Depp!!! It would ruin Strange and Marvel. Sure he’s a good actor but… not Doctor Strange. If ppl want Depp in a marvel movie make him a villain or something. Do ppl even know anything about the character? Also he does NOT look the part.

  15. The first one in the list got the perfect looks but I dont know his work.
    but seriously.. Orlando Bloom? f*ck!!!.

    Keanu Reeves is good for other kind of characters, as well as Cumberbatch.

  16. So if I am understanding the future of movies correctly…

    Jon Hamm will play every hero.
    Idris Elba will play every black guy.
    Jamie Alexander will play very female hero.
    Benedict Cumberbatch will play every villain.

    • Oh, forgot to add my point.

      I think Jon Hamm is mediocre at beat, why does he get name dropped for everything?

      • I would also say that Idris Elba is also mediocre, and I have seen Luthor which is the best I have seen from him
        Think Heimdall is fine for him
        There are better black actors around that could also do roles like Cage and Black Panther

  17. Johnny Depp gets my vote as Doctor Strange

  18. Bloom? BLOOM?

  19. How nobody even considers adrien Brody amazes me

  20. I would love to see Johnny deep do it
    He’s amazing

  21. Putting it out there as an outside the box couple of choices

    Richard Madden AKA Robb Stark
    Kit Harrington AKA Jon Snow

    Both look the part and are awesome actors in Game of Thrones. Think Madden would be the more likey option as SPOILER ALERT!!!! Robb died in season three of GOT

  22. My top choices would be:

    Jean Dujardin (if he gets the accent right)
    or Viggo Mortensen

    • Lol yes! Viggo would have been perfect 10 years ago. How bout his younger twin brother Andrew Lincoln.

  23. What about Oscar Isaac?

  24. Viggo.
    No one else.

  25. Andrew Lincoln from The Walking Dead would be my choice.

  26. Obvious to me…. Its going to be Joaquin Phoenix