Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
Empire's New Tom Cruise Cover
The Jameson Empire Awards 2014
Vote: The Greatest 301 Movies Of All Time!
Rebecca Hall:
My Movie Life

The actress picks the movies that shaped her
Mountain Dew Green Screen
Register now to see X-Men: First Class!
Feature
12 People Who Could Play Doctor Strange But Probably Won't
An almanac of actors for the Sorcerer Supreme

submit to reddit

Like a juggernaut steered by an angry green man, the Marvelverse is careering into its third phase with a full cargo of bullion and fresh ideas aplenty. Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man kicks off Phase 3, followed by two yet-to-be-officially-announced projects in the summer of 2016 and ’17 respectively. One of those will be Doctor Strange, a project the studio’s Kevin Feige calls “totally different from anything else we have”. But who will step into the Sorcerer Supreme’s magic shoes and carry Marvel’s next superhero onto the big screen? We’ve had a lot of fun guessing.

WORDS PHIL DE SEMLYEN
1 2 3
  1 of 3 Next

TOP CHOICES DARK HORSES RANK OUTSIDERS
   


Patrick Dempsey
If fanboy fervour and sheer enthusiasm were deciding factors, Patrick Dempsey would already be measured up for Doctor Strange’s silky cape. He’s been lobbying for the role since it was barely a twinkle in Kevin Feige’s eye, after being pointed to the superpowered neurosurgeon/sorceror by Grey’s Anatomy crew members. “It would be a fun one to do," he's said. "And I wouldn’t want him to be Mister-weepy-doctor guy”. But will McDreamy become, er, McSorcery? Well, Dempsey’s Transformers villain had a certain menace, he’s jolly handsome and with that Grey’s role under this belt, he’d nail the neurosurgery bits. But his lack of chunky big-screen roles may count against him.

Adrien Brody
Once you’ve dealt with Nazis, giant apes and intergalactic hunters with seafood for a face, the Dark Dimension won’t hold many terrors. Happily, Adrien Brody has the acting prowess to feign terror at the sight of Dormammu or his phalanxes of Mindless One, and brings Oscar cred. Looking at The Brothers Bloom in particular, he effortlessly communicate Doctor Strange’s theatricality, and could nail the angstier side of Strange’s struggles with the role thrust upon him by a needy world. Brody probably isn’t going to scare The Dread One with his bulging physique, but Strange only needs one muscle and it’s between his ears. Brody also has minimal blockbuster previous, Kong aside, so he wouldn’t clutter up the Marvelverse with superhero baggage.

Oded Fehr
With a name pronounced ‘O-dead Fair’, the Israeli actor was practically born to play a wizard. His may be a new name to many but he’s bound to be in Marvel’s thoughts, falling right into the Doctor Strange age bracket (he’s 42) and boasting a seriously uncanny physical resemblance to Steve Ditko’s comic-book sorcerer. While he’s best known for telly procedurals like Covert Affairs and NCIS, he’s no newbie to big Hollywood properties. He was in The Mummy, where he was charged with defying foul schemes involving demonic presences, fought zombies in the Resident Evil franchise and in Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo he played a Russian rent boy. We’re guessing that some of those experiences would come handier than the other.

Joseph Fiennes
Now 43, Fiennes has long since graduated from teen pin-up to veteran thesp, so he’s as adept at playing darker spirits as handsome Shakespearean types. There’s a bit of both in Stephen Vincent Strange, a man brought low by a Shakespearean tragedy only to be reshaped into a self-assured magician by the Prospero-like Ancient One in Tibet. He’s the right age and, while he’s hardly been ubiquitous in recent years, he’d offer the kind of fresh-but-familiar face that may appeal to Marvel. If the studio is looking to add a little Anglo-Saxon dash to their bubbling cauldron, he’d be perfect. Plus, he’s already played Merlin so he knows magic. Abraca-frickin’-dabra.

1 2 3
 
1 of 3
Next

Have Your Say
Register or login now to let us know what you think.

Your Comments

21 RE: Aidan Gillen...
Michael Fassbender? More

Posted by Dude McNude on Sunday July 14, 2013, 19:48

22 Aidan Gillen...
...would not be a bad choice. Was gonna vote for Brody, but just looking at Gillen's face sold me. More

Posted by HighwayJoe on Sunday July 14, 2013, 14:39

23 Cusak would be great !
I like the idea of John Cusack. What about Gabriel Byrne, as you are looking for a mature lead ? More

Posted by danielthompson99 on Saturday July 13, 2013, 16:00

24 I can't believe you missed out...
Rufus Sewell? More

Posted by james riley on Saturday July 13, 2013, 13:31

25 I can't believe you missed out...
Rufus Sewell? More

Posted by james riley on Saturday July 13, 2013, 13:26

26 Two words for you people
Jack.......Huston!! More

Posted by shagmatt on Saturday July 13, 2013, 10:03

27
Noah Wyle - he is the right age, build, height and he has played a doctor. More

Posted by djsilvester on Friday July 12, 2013, 23:50

28 As rank outsiders go...
...Hugh Grant?! More

Posted by Superhoop76 on Friday July 12, 2013, 23:27

29
Where's Jon Hamm? More

Posted by themaddogmax on Friday July 12, 2013, 18:53

30
Josh Brolin would have been my top pick... More

Posted by Kmadden2004 on Friday July 12, 2013, 18:43

31 Dr Strange casting
The Viggs or Jim Caviezel. You can't have someone who looks too clean cut. Older but not too old; definitely not fresh-faced like Patrick Dempsey. And I don't think Adrien Brody is right physically for the part. More

Posted by graingew on Friday July 12, 2013, 18:37

32 RE: How about Daniel Day-Lewis as a Rank Outside Suggestion?
That would be flippin fantastic More

Posted by Paddy Kieran on Friday July 12, 2013, 18:05

33 Only one candidate for me...
Benedict Cumberbatch. Never been a better piece of casting. More

Posted by Maca007 on Friday July 12, 2013, 16:51

34 Rank Outsider Number 32
I would pay mad money to see Irrfan Khan as Doctor Strange. He'd rock the silken cape without trouble and he'd inject a dose of colour to the Marvel U. And the bombastic dialogue of the Sorcerer Supreme would be like honey in his tones. More

Posted by hewlett on Friday July 12, 2013, 16:34

35 How about Daniel Day-Lewis as a Rank Outside Suggestion?
I know there is no chance of that happening (but strange things have happened, i.e Kenneth Branagh directing Thor), but if Daniel Day-Lewis played Dr. Strange (I know that's not going to happen!) that would be awesome particularly the stirring performances he gives (There Will Be Blood, My Left Foot, Gangs of New York, Lincoln, etc). More

Posted by a_bananuka on Friday July 12, 2013, 16:04

Previous Page


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire Magazine's 300th Issue: Guest-Editted By The World's Greatest Directors!
Spielberg, Abrams, Mann, Whedon, Fincher, Coppola and many, many more!

Video: Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann And Kate Upton Talk The Other Woman
Prepare your mind for the concept of 'dog ball plumage'

The Best Barry Norman Anecdotes From His Empire Podcast Interview
From nearly punching Robert De Niro to the real story about ‘And why not?’

Fired! Losing Your Job In The Movies
The lowdown on getting dismissed on film

20 Not So Super '-Men' That Won't Star In A Film Any Time Soon
Forget your Batmen, your Spider-Men and your Ant-Men… Meet 3-D Man (and his pals)

The Making Of Locke: A Filmmaker's Journey
Steven Knight takes us through six pitstops (via Heston Services)

Tom Hardy: A Viewer's Guide
The essential, the recommended, the one for the fans... and the one to avoid

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save money on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get Limited Edition Collectable X-Men Art Cards

Subscribe today and get 6 issues of Empire plus a set of collectable X-Men Art Cards for only £20!

Subscribe today

Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Just £25
Receive limited edition subscribers-only covers every month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)