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12 People Who Could Play Doctor Strange But Probably Won't
An almanac of actors for the Sorcerer Supreme

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Aidan Gillen
If you're unfamiliar with the back story, Stephen Strange – hell, we're calling him Steve now – spends five years as a New York Hospital surgeon before being reduced to vagrancy by a combination of arrogance and a hand-mangling accident. After a Bruce Wayne-like interlude in Tibet, he returns to the Big Apple and takes up residence in the Sanctum Sanctorum in Greenwich Village, a plush mansion set-up not dissimilar to that enjoyed by Game Of Thrones' Lord Littlefinger Baelish, right? Exactly! But if that seems a tenuous reason to cast Aidan Gillen as Steve, consider his perfect goatee and mastery of the shadier corners of whatever room he happens to be in at the time. Someone give this man the Wand of Watoomb right now.

Liam Neeson
As Ra's Al Ghul, Qui-Gon Jinn, Zeus, and, to a lesser extent, Bryan Mills, Liam Neeson has exploded, light-sabered, lightning-bolted and basically beaten the hell out of anyone who's anyone in the human realm – which is why it's time to move onto celestial spheres. That's where he'd find Dormammu and his fellow demonic Faltine types. Neeson should have no problem mastering Doctor Strange's particular set of skills (astral projection, manipulation, looking good in robes), but age might be an issue. He's 61 now, more than a decade-and-a-bit older than the magician, and while his physical powers are hardly waning (hello Mr Mills!), his appetite for giant effects movies may be. So will the Widowmaker become the Rabbitmaker? Sadly, Taken 6: Kilmarnock Kill Spree is a more likely 2016 release.

John Cusack
Cusack, who seems to have mislaid his eye for fun in recent movies, could use the revitalising jolt that Marvel would afford. If web scuttlebutt is anywhere close to the money, he could do for Doctor Strange what Robert Downey Jr. did for Tony Stark, delivering the off-centre charm and wry detachment we know and love, as well as an imposing 6" 2' frame to cow even the Doc's arch rival Baron Mordo (unless Mordo was played by Tim Robbins or someone). The problem? Cusack has been recently spoken out against Hollywood's superhero goldrush. "[It's either] $5 million dollars or they want to make it for two hundred million and put on the tights and capes and stuff", he pointed out. As job applications go, it's hardly the most fulsome.

Viggo Mortensen
In the absence of Vigo the Carpathian from casting discussions, Viggo the Mortensen would bring a similar broody gravitas to New York's shadowlands as Marvel's hand-impaired sorcerer. There are few actors better at playing men with the weight of the world (or Middle-earth) on their shoulders, a burden all-too-familiar to Doctor Strange. Still, having lost his parents, sister and medical career in the space of a few tragedy-beset years, the Sorceror Supreme will need the odd comic touch to avoid driving audiences into a catatonic funk, and that is something Mortensen is less well known for (a few tiny moments in A History Of Violence aside). That said, we'd love to see him team up with The Hulk (see: Incredible Hulk, Volume 1 #126) in a Aragorn / Angry-Green-Man dream team.

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1 pretty lazy choices
i think that given marvels track record it will be one of two things an up and comer or a semi a-lister that's what they do they either make careers or take them to the next level..i heard johhny depp mentioned i personally can't see it happening but stranger things have happened (pun intended)..to be honest i think this will be one of the hardest of the heros to cast..in my opinion i think i'd have to agree with viggo just because he;s such a believeable actor and when a role is highly unbelieveable the best way to counter act that is to cast someone truly grounded and a master a showing you the person behind the hero and legend of a character just like he did with aragorn in the lotr trilogy. More

Posted by Atila DePun on Friday February 21, 2014, 21:12

2 pretty lazy choices
i think that given marvels track record it will be one of two things an up and comer or a semi a-lister that's what they do they either make careers or take them to the next level..i heard johhny depp mentioned i personally can't see it happening but stranger things have happened (pun intended)..to be honest i think this will be one of the hardest of the heros to cast..in my opinion i think i'd have to agree with viggo just because he;s such a believeable actor and when a role is highly unbelieveable the best way to counter act that is to cast someone truly grounded and a master a showing you the person behind the hero and legend of a character just like he did with aragorn in the lotr trilogy. More

Posted by Atila DePun on Friday February 21, 2014, 21:12

3 pretty lazy choices
i think that given marvels track record it will be one of two things an up and comer or a semi a-lister that's what they do they either make careers or take them to the next level..i heard johhny depp mentioned i personally can't see it happening but stranger things have happened (pun intended)..to be honest i think this will be one of the hardest of the heros to cast..in my opinion i think i'd have to agree with viggo just because he;s such a believeable actor and when a role is highly unbelieveable the best way to counter act that is to cast someone truly grounded and a master a showing you the person behind the hero and legend of a character just like he did with aragorn in the lotr trilogy. More

Posted by Atila DePun on Friday February 21, 2014, 21:12

4 RE: Guy Pearce
I like the idea of Benedict Cumbepatch or John Cusack, but I think Jonathan Rhys Meyers could be pretty good too... More

Posted by rommel on Monday October 28, 2013, 12:52

5 RE: Guy Pearce
Guy Pearce can do no wrong in my book ..but then hang on there was that time travelling remake ...argh no matter who would remember anyway! He would be my first choice and also good call on Crispin Glover..like your thinking More

Posted by Magenta on Friday October 25, 2013, 17:34

6 RE: Guy Pearce
Adrian Pasdar? More

Posted by johnfortune2002 on Friday October 25, 2013, 13:25

7 Guy Pearce
I always had Guy Pearce in mind for Strange and think he would be terrific. Sadly Iron Man 3 has likely put paid to that possibility. More

Posted by Jayseph on Thursday October 24, 2013, 17:40

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I can see Zachary Quinto doing this. More

Posted by Beno on Thursday October 24, 2013, 15:45

9 Cumberbatch
Cumberbatch...end of. Doc Strange frequently butts heads with Loki, seeing him and Hiddlestone going at it would be a joy! More

Posted by excelsior on Thursday October 24, 2013, 12:51

10 Re: spacemonkey187
Nathan Fillion should be in EVERY film ever made! More

Posted by CylonKing on Thursday October 24, 2013, 12:31

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Viggo number 1 choice surely but also Jon Hamm! More

Posted by gambit21 on Thursday October 24, 2013, 12:28

12 Brolin has the power!
What about Josh Brolin? I know he had a stinker with the Hex debacle, but this is a chance for redemption. More

Posted by neilibabe on Thursday October 24, 2013, 12:27

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Ethan Hawke should play Doctor Strange! More

Posted by Darren47 on Saturday October 12, 2013, 01:56

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I would suggest Crispin Glover More

Posted by kingtolkien on Friday July 26, 2013, 15:06

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Nathan Fillion I think could nail this. More

Posted by spacemonkey187 on Friday July 26, 2013, 09:26

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Hell - just dig up Vincent Price! More

Posted by INKYPHIL on Sunday July 21, 2013, 15:31

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I genuinely think James Marsters would be great in this role, not sure how he'd look with the goatee though. More

Posted by MrTrick on Thursday July 18, 2013, 21:36

18 Adrian Brody or Oded Fehr please
Brody CAN beef up, he's done it before for a movie, AND he has the acting chops for it. But for some reason I feel Fehr would be surprisingly great and fit in well, as well as already having the physique for it. Aiden Gillen and Matthew MacFayden are also interesting choices and could probably be good too. More

Posted by annie_anita on Wednesday July 17, 2013, 05:52

19 Rufus Sewell
I'm with good ole Rufus all the way. He could bring dignity and mystery to the character of Doctor Strange. And those sad eyes of his... perfect! More

Posted by dansator on Monday July 15, 2013, 16:24

20 Matt Bomer
Matt Bomer would be ideal for this role, up and coming, no baggage with the guy, could even pull off the facial hair that normally comes with Doctor Strange. he was the best part of IN TIME. More

Posted by utilitybelt86 on Monday July 15, 2013, 15:50

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