Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’ To Be Directed by ‘Sinister’ Helmer Scott Derrickson

Published 11 months ago by , Updated June 4th, 2014 at 7:27 am,

Doctor Strange Sorceror Supreme Comic Marvels Doctor Strange To Be Directed by Sinister Helmer Scott Derrickson

Doctor Strange is not yet officially a part of Phase 3 of Marvel Studios’ Cinematic Universe, though studio head Kevin Feige has all but confirmed that the Sorcerer Supreme will, in fact, be joining the MCU between the release of the second and third Avengers installments. It’s been nearly three months since reports began circulating about the shortlist of directors being considered to helm the project – and today, we can offer an update on the situation.

According to Variety, Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose, Sinister) has entered proper talks to helm the Doctor Strange movie, after he was previously reported to be one of the filmmakers being eyed by Marvel Studios. The talks between the studio and Derrickson are reported to still be ongoing, though Variety‘s sources claim that “a deal should be struck shortly” – and THR‘s source are so confident about a deal being reached, that the site is already claiming that Derrickson “has signed on to direct the Marvel feature,” even in the absence of confirmation from Marvel.

Indeed, it seems safe to say that Derrickson will end up directing Doctor Strange, judging by this Tweet he just posted online:

The Doctor Strange comic books, for those unfamiliar, generally revolve around the arrogant neurosurgeon Stephen Strange, who is robbed of his fine surgical capabilities, only to later gain newfound supernatural abilities, which allow him to protect Earth from a variety of danger magical threats. Many a fan of the Stephen Strange character has already voiced their support for Derrickson to call the shots on a live-action Doctor Strange film, given his experience (and critical acclaim) in the supernatural horror genre – a sandbox he played in yet again for his next movie, Deliver Us From Evil, which opens in theaters this summer.

Derrickson, among other things, has demonstrated a knack for grounding the horrifying and fantastical without removing that sense of wonder (dark and disturbing, it may sometimes be) – a skill that ought to serve him well, when it comes to adapting Doctor Strange so that it feels like his own creation and fits the Marvel Movie Universe. Indeed, Feige previously made it known that he thinks the movie “needs to be a Ditko/Kubrick/Miyazaki/The Matrix mind-trip,” so you need someone who can manage a firm grasp on that sort of “weird” dark superhero story.

Doctor Strange Director Shortlist Marvels Doctor Strange To Be Directed by Sinister Helmer Scott Derrickson

Derrickson often writes the movies he directs – with the one exception to that rule, the 2008 The Day the Earth Stood Still remake, suggesting that it’s usually for the best for him to have some hand in crafting the screenplays on his films. For now, though, it’s not clear what the plan is for the Doctor Strange movie, as far as the script-writing goes – though, Derrickson’s frequent screenwriting collaborator C. Robert Cargill has commented on Twitter about this matter, saying “As far as I know, no decisions about writing DOCTOR STRANGE have been made yet.”

As for who should – or, rather, who is likely to – play the man that would be Sorcerer Supreme: depending on which rumors you believe, Marvel Studios is either more interested in casting someone in their late 20s/early 30s (a la Joseph Gordon-Levitt) or someone who’s already reached the point of middle-age (a la Mads Mikkelsen) to play Mr. Strange. It’ll be interesting to see what happens in this case, since Feige has already gone on record as saying that the Doctor Strange film doesn’t necessarily need a big-name star as its headliner.

We’re sure there are plenty of Doctor Strange fans out there who have an opinion on this matter, so feel free to let us know who your dream casting choice for the Stephen Strange role would be, in the comments section of this article.


Doctor Strange is currently without an official theatrical release date.

Source: Variety, THR

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  1. Great choice..for the Doctor for me it should be Eric Dane..or Patrick Dempsey

  2. Doctor Strange – Oded Fehr
    Baron Mordo – Mads Mikkelsen
    Ancient One – Chow Yun Fat
    Dormammu – Benedict Cumberbatch
    Clea – Kate Beckinsale/Olivia Wilde
    Wong – Sung Kang/Byung-Hun Lee

    • As much as I hate seeing everyone say Benedict Cumberbatch should play every lead protagonist, I wouldn’t mind seeing him play Dormammu.

      However I’d like to see Chow Yun Fat as Wong.

    • Dude, after he played Oberyn Martell on GOT, Pedro Pascal would be on my shortlist.

    • Yes, Oded Fehr. He would be perfect.

      • He’s too old. Liam Hemsworth

  3. I would like to see Timothy Olyphant play Dr. Strange!

    • I second Timothy Olyphant! Besides, Justified will end next season and he may need a paycheck!

  4. WHY. First Deus Ex and now this? Now we KNOW Deus Ex is going to be terrible.

    • Yes. We KNOW that Deus Ex will be terrible. Thanks for this relevant insight.

  5. Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Strange

    • Cumberbatch as Dormammu. If not that then he can just stay on Middle-Earth or Baker’s street…

      • He may plan to be on the Enterprise again :)

    • That would actually be awesome.

  6. It should be Keanu or Depp, period.

    • If you want it to be terrible and a box office bomb, sure.

    • Keanu….47 ronin[x] Depp…..Transcendence[x] Noooooooope, Exclamation mark!

  7. I know people are going to lose their minds over this, but Dr. Strange has always been one of my favorite characters and he was originally drawn by Ditko as being of somewhat ambiguous ethnicity.

    Dr. Strange shortlist: Oded Fehr, Michael Trucco, Michael Ealy, Richard Armitage (yes, I know he had a small part in CA:TFA).

    I also think Arnold Vosloo would make a really good Dormammu.

    Otherwise, LOVE the director choice and hearing that a Dr. Strange movie might finally be making some forward progress.

    -Luke Evans
    -Jon Hamm
    -Patrick Demsey
    -Matt Bomer

    Shush, that Benedict Cumberbatch nonsense… Unless he voices, Mo-caps, or plays Dormarmmu or plays Mordo. Although voicing another fire themed character might get old.

  9. Just one small point regarding who Stephen Strange becomes in the first movie. Unless they develop the story farther than I think they should and actually kill off the Ancient One, Strange will just be the/a Master of the Mystic Arts. The Ancient One passes the title of Sorcerer Supreme on to Strange when he dies. This is from many years ago and canon has probably changed, but that’s how I remember it.

  10. Keanu Reeves for Doctor Strange please.

    Michael Ealy would make an excellent choice too.

    • Oh, sorry I think Marvel wanted a good movie and to MAKE money… He was Constantine. And look how perfect he was…

  11. Littlefinger as Doctor Strange!

    • Yes, Aidan Gillen was also a thought that crossed my mind on casting! Good eye!

    • That would work!

  12. uhm obviously the great papi of our time, Pedro Pascal, is perfect for Doctor Strange.

  13. the movie “needs to be a Ditko/Kubrick/Miyazaki/The Matrix mind-trip,”


  14. Doctor Strange should be played by Aidan Gillen. Who the hell is Patrick Dempsey?

    • Patrick Dempsey plays Derrick Shepherd on _Grey’s Anatomy_, and has said he is a Big fan of Dr. Strange. The Shepherd character is, like Stephen Sanders, a very talented but very arrogant surgeon.

  15. Personally, I might feel allot better about Derrickson directing this if he had held up a copy of Doctor Strange #57 instead of #58.

    • Why is that? Why 57.

    • I’d like to have seen a classic Ditko or Brunner cover.

  16. Ethan Hawke anyone? I mean he has worked with the director and could be a good fit IMO

  17. Sold with Ethan Hawke, brillant!

  18. Orlando Bloom. The other suggestions are good too. And if he behaves – Johnny Depp. But do we dare? Maybe he needs Dr. Strange more. You know – to break the bad spell he is under currently.

  19. Word on Facebook is…Jared Letto?

  20. johnny depp as dr strange.

  21. I do not want Depp or Cumberbatch, though I love Benedict’s Sherlock work, to play Dr. Strange.

  22. i don`t see this man as a superhero. Certainly not the the superhero being shown so far in all the Marvel movies. This will be a tricky movie for Marvel to make as it will require a somewhat very different approach. Here`s hoping they continue the great casting choices they have made thus far. My vote goes to Viggo or Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jamie of Game of Thrones).

  23. For Dr. Stephen Strange, how about the following actors:

    -Patrick Dempsey
    -Viggo Mortensen
    -Aidan Gillen
    -Sam Trammell
    -Richard Armitage

    Any thoughts?

  24. Pedro Pascal please !

  25. Aidan Gillen or Hugh Laurie would be great as Dr Strange

  26. Timothy Olyphant should be the first choice for the role of Dr. Stephan Strange. So far the top contenders (Depp, Cumberbach) I’ve seen don’t have the acting ability because they seen to believe their own hype or couldn’t handle what will be demanded of them to command a presence that is Dr. Strange. This is a very important role, not only leading to the success of the Dr. Strange movie but being integrated in to the Ultimate Universe – the actor playing Dr. Strange can’t be unintelligible and can’t be wooden. They also have to make magic believable and yes there are a few actors I’ve seen that can pull this off, but no one seems to be able to do it better than Timothy Olyphant.

  27. _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!

  28. Oded Fehr is my top choice but if they are looking to go with someone a little younger and a little cheaper I’d suggest Merik Tadros.

  29. Marvel needs to ride the GOT train and cast Pedro Pascal! Hell he already has the look and he can absolutely deliver the smart ass comments so he could go toe to toe with RDJ Tony Stark!