Patrick Dempsey Wants to Play Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’

Published 4 years ago by , Updated May 3rd, 2014 at 7:40 am,

Despite being one of the more powerful superheroes in the Marvel Universe, Doctor Strange – otherwise known as The Sorcerer Supreme – is definitely one of the lesser known comic book characters, at least to the general public.

Still, Strange has his share of devoted fans, including Grey’s Anatomy star Patrick Dempsey (who also has a role in the upcoming Transformers: Dark of the Moon). According to Dempsey, he has been lobbying for the titular role in any Dr. Strange film or TV show.

For those unaware, Doctor Stephen Strange used to be a world-renowned and utterly arrogant neurosurgeon who cared more about making money than saving lives. After a car accident irrevocably ruined his hands for performing surgery, Strange wandered the Earth looking for a cure for his condition – although I’m pretty sure messed-up hands is not a “disease” that can be “cured” – and sort of fell into the job of Sorcerer Supreme when he selflessly saved the life of The Ancient One.

So the most important attributes to remember about Doctor Strange are: He’s a sorcerer that used to be an M.D., he has dark hair that’s graying around the temples, and he has a mustache-goatee combo. Since Patrick Dempsey plays an M.D. on television, has dark hair with strands of gray, and possesses the ability to grow facial hair, some believe he’d make an okay choice for a Dr. Strange adaptation.

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According to Dempsey, courtesy of Hero Complex:

“I’ve been lobbying [to play Dr. Strange]. There’s a whole bunch of people [on the Grey’s Anatomy crew] who are into comics and Marvel, too, on the set and they’re like, ‘Doctor Strange, that’s the one you should do.’ It would be fantastic. It’d be a great TV show, especially for HBO or something like that. I don’t know if I’d necessarily do another show, a drama, that’s 24 episodes again. HBO you’re at 13 and I think that’s much better. It’s just so hard to sustain the quality after three years if you’re doing 24, 25 episodes a year. It all depends on who you have as a writing team — it’s how you set it up, what’s the tone and making sure you’re not locked into this one-season success [mentality], you can’t be afraid to think beyond that.”

Last year, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige talked about several properties he’d like to see adapted to the big screen – Iron Fist, Guardians of the Galaxy, Black Panther, and Doctor Strange – and Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer (Conan) were hired to write a screenplay for Strange.

When asked if Feige knew about Patrick Dempsey’s desire to play the mystical doctor, Dempsey said:

“He knows what’s going on. There was stuff going on. At Comic-Con they were talking about me playing it and there was a rumor that I’d been cast. I mean, it’s something that’s kind of out there and, you know, I’ve been looking at that. It would be a fun one to do. Hopefully, doing something like ‘Transformers’ is about to show myself in an action situation where I’m not mister-weepy-doctor guy, you know, not McDreamy. You have to change that in people’s view. I’m still hungry for other things. I’d love to play Doctor Strange.”

arne starr draws patrick dempsey as doctor strange Patrick Dempsey Wants to Play Marvels ‘Doctor Strange’

Artist rendering of Patrick Dempsey as Doctor Strange, by Arne Starr

Even though Grey’s Anatomy isn’t as much of a draw as it used to be, Patrick Dempsey is a likable actor. Frankly, I think he’s a bit too “pretty,” for lack of a better word, for the role of Doctor Strange, but whoever ends up making this film (or TV show) could certainly do far worse. That said, my top choice goes to Liam Neeson, as it does for 75% of movie roles. Sorry, Dempsey.

What do you think? Is Patrick Dempsey a good choice for Doctor Strange or would you prefer to see someone else take on the role? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Hero Complex

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  1. great, i found it on youtube.

  2. check out my Johnny Depp for Doctor Strange FB page. Made it a ways back. Depp looked like him in Ninth Gate. It would definitely sell the movie too.

  3. Um, Karl Urban. Eric Bana. Cillian Murphy or Orlando Bloom if going with a younger Dr. S.

  4. I think Dempsey would do a great job, he already has had a chance at being a doctor so it’s not like there should be any doubt to his abilities there. I’d like to see him get his shot at this

  5. Hes Just too cute, . ..Just wont work!

  6. NO, bad bad choice.

  7. Viggo Mortenson would be great in that role

  8. NO! He would not work as Dr. Strange at all.
    My contenders would be :

    Joseph Finnese- He is a great actor. He looks the part & would pull it off perfectly.
    Zachary Quinto- He could possibly pull it off well IMO.
    Orlando Bloom- He is made for films like this,+ he got awesome reviews in the Good Dr and Zulu, so he could pull this off. He has aged well into the part now IMO. Plus he has star appeal.
    Daniel Day Lewis- But I really doubt he would ever take a part like this.

    Viggo Mortensen can play anything IMO, but like DDL, probably would never take a part like this, he is a bit too serious as well.

    Johnny Deep is a big fat NO IMO, he would make him too weird, it would be the look how eccentric Johnny Deep is Movie, instead of a Dr. Strange movie, plus I think people are sick to death of him.

  9. What about the actor who plays Reese in Person of Interest (Jim Caviezel) He has the ability not to show emotion, a dr strange trait. I think he would make a good Dr strange.

  10. My vote is Gary Oldman.
    He is not a schtick actor.
    He would become Dr. Strange and not let his personality over power the roll.