We have been getting rumors upon rumors of who is going to play Doctor Strange for Marvel. Some of the folks who were reported were Benedict Cumberbatch (who has stated he is too busy), Jack Huston (signed on to Ben Hur instead) and Joaquin Phoenix (who took too long to decide or something like that).
Since then we've seen rumors about Ethan Hawke since he has worked with director Scott Derrickson in the past. And I saw a report this morning saying Ewan McGregor was in the running… I had just about decided I wasn't going to cover any more of the rumors unless it comes from a source above reproach.
This morning Variety posted what they are claiming to be Marvel's shortlist for the role. So one of these six may be the Sorcerer Supreme: Jared Leto, Oscar Isaac, Matthew McConaughey, Jake Gyllenhaal and the aforementioned Ewan McGregor and Ethan Hawke.
Now I think McGregor would be an inspired choice and a lot of fun to watch. I think Hawke or Gyllenhaal could do a good job but I just don't see them being charismatic enough to carry the film. I'm not a big Leto fan so that would be a wait and see… and the idea of McConaughey as Doctor Strange may be amazing and horrifying at the same time. Hard to wrap my head around that one.
Oscar Isaac could be the most interesting name on the list. With his upcoming turn in Star Wars, the actor is poised to breakout and who better to see it coming than Disney? So if the actor is wowing them on the Episode Seven set they may want to lock him into another franchise before he gets too big.