Rumor has it that part of Thor 2 will involve Odin's vault being breached, sending several of its powerful artifacts out into the larger Marvel Universe where they will affect the fates of several characters we know (Thanos), while possibly giving rise to some new characters we have yet to meet - i.e., Doctor Strange. The character is rumored to be part of the Thor sequel in his pre-superhero form (as (doctor? Scientist?) Stephen Strange), who will be an acquaintance of Thor's love interest, Jane Foster (Natalie Portman). One of the items in Odin's vault happens to be the mystical object that (in the comics) gives Stephen Strange the powers of the Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange - which will presumably be an origin we see in perhaps the post-credit "button scene" for Thor: The Dark World.
Naturally, comic book fans have been excited by this rumor, leading to much speculation about which actor could appear in Thor 2 as Strange to bolster the franchise. The top rumors pointed to Oscar-nominated actor Viggo Mortensen (Eastern Promises, Lord of the Rings) taking on the iconic role.
Well, Alonso's following quote makes it seem as though rumors of Mortensen being eyed by Marvel are just that: RUMORS. See for yourself:
“We would love to work with Viggo Mortensen. I’ve been trying that for years. But I don’t know if Viggo is even acting anymore. I thought he wasn’t acting anymore. It would be great to work with him in the future, but we don’t have him signed, no.”
Of course, the way she phrased that leaves room for rumor to possibly inspire truth. In other words: she leaves the door open for Mortensen to bite, should he be as interested in working with them as they are with him. (In case you're wondering, Mortensen isn't quitting acting, having recently done films like A Dangerous Method and On the Road in the last few years, with new projects like The Two Faces of January (a thriller co-starring Kirsten Dunst and directed by the writer of Drive) which is currently in production.)
Reading deeper into the quote, it's also apparent that Viggo Mortensen hasn't been all that responsive to Marvel's 'years' of interest in him, so on the one hand it's hard to see him coming around to this particular role. However, as our own Rob Keyes pointed out: "Mortensen was a top choice for the lead role in 'Snow White and the Huntsman' and...'The Dark Tower,' so he’s not averse to returning to blockbuster franchise roles."
Finally: Did you notice that Alonso DIDN'T outright deny the planning of a Doctor Strange movie? Or that the character will appear in Thor 2? If this quote is indeed accurate, she may have inadvertently said a lot more than she intended...
We'll keep you updated about the whole Doctor Strange and Thor 2 situation as it develops.
Iron Man 3 releases May 3, 2013, Thor: The Dark World on November 8, 2013, Captain America: The Winter Soldier on April 4, 2014 and Guardians of the Galaxy on August 1, 2014 - with Ant-Man possibly hitting theaters in mid-summer 2014.
Header Image Sources: Marvel Comics (Ant-Man: Season One by Tom DeFalco and Horacio Domingues; Doctor Strange: Season One by Greg Pak and Emma Rios)