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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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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

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

Where's Jon Hamm? More

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

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

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