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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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Keanu Reeves
A piece of casting that would send the web into a thermonuclear frenzy so intense that Marvel risks exploding half its fanbase just by announcing it, the 'Keanu For Strange' campaign could yet dislodge 'Cheer Up Keanu' among the world's leading memes. Would Marvel cast him? Perhaps, if money weren't an object for the famously tight-stringed accounts department. Would he do it? Well, if Constantine's demon-defying shenanigans and the comic-book-inspired The Matrix are anything to go by, a big Marvel property could be of interest. In fact, playing the Master Of The Mystic Arts could be just the thing to cheer Sad Keanu up.

Matthew Macfadyen
Bear with us, because this is not as outlandish as it sounds. A respected thesp and the voice of M&S, Macfadyen offers a strong international option, selling into the costume drama crowd, the Spooks crowd and The Three Musketeers crowd – all three of them – and delivering the kind of moody intelligence that would parlay nicely into Strange's day job at the hospital. His work in 2004's underseen New Zealand-set drama In My Father's Den showcased his acting chops, although his American accent remains untested. Most of all though, he's got the mysterious depths any good magician needs. Seriously, the guy got us to buy 27 kilos of M&S Brussel sprouts last Christmas. Sorcery, innit.

Stephen Dorff
The man we're now officially banned from referring to as 'the Dorffmeister' could prove a canny pick for anyone looking for a dark horse in this race – yes, we're looking at you, Thor – even if his preference for indie material travels before him. It's been a while since his last comic-book movie, Blade, with the Dorffmeister (oops) mixing up thinky fodder like Zaytoun and Sofia Coppola's Somewhere with the odd pulpy thriller. The presence of Immortals on his recent résumé suggests that he might be open to a big, splashy tentpole like Doctor Strange. But would Marvel thrust him into the shoes of the millionaire-doctor-magician-and-occasional-Avenger? We literally have no idea.

The Amazing Mumford
Unlikely to play particularly well with purists, The Amazing Mumford would be a leftfield piece of casting. Mumford's catchphrase – "A la peanut butter sandwiches!" – won't strike fear into even the most anaphylactic of the Undying Ones, but he will make pineapples disappear and play magical havoc with the contents of Cookie Monster's jar. Hilarious, yes, Useful to a despairing humanity? Not really. While we'd love to hear Alan Silvestri's theme to 'The Amazing Mumford Battles The Massed Ranks Of Dormammu's Domain While Making Two Pineapples Disappear', the Muppegician is sadly one to be filed alongside Presto DiGiotagione, Mr Majeika and Dynamo in the category marked "Come On, Really?".

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John Cusack or Oded Fehr More

Posted by miranda97 on Wednesday June 11, 2014, 09:40

2 RAUL ESPARZA
AKA Doctor Chilton from NBC's Hannibal. If not him, Oded Fehr is a good choice. More

Posted by fiones on Wednesday June 4, 2014, 21:27

3 Illusion...
Will Arnett More

Posted by FCJW on Wednesday June 4, 2014, 18:53

4 C'mon now!
Hugh Laurie is the only one to tackle it. More

Posted by titus02906 on Wednesday June 4, 2014, 16:24

5 I Know
We need someone who can be dry, and has a history of playing a smart character who handles fantastical elements. We need a Doctor. Matt Smith is my choice. More

Posted by kingtutiii on Wednesday June 4, 2014, 11:36

6 Luke Evans
He can play both the arrogant surgeon and the wise hero. More

Posted by sethfleming on Wednesday June 4, 2014, 11:29

7 Johnny Depp
I would pick Johnny Depp because he has got the looks with his goatee, dark hair and slim face. He has played many different characters in the past and he would be amazing to play this character because he only cares about wealth from his career which then turns badly from his hands got shattered from car crash. This made me think of Edward Scissorhands,Secret Window including Captain Jack Sparrow and mix them together, he would be perfect to be Doctor Strange . I would like Marvel Studios to pick him. What do you think guys? More

Posted by MJSlater on Wednesday June 4, 2014, 11:10

8 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

9 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

10 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

11 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

12 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

13 RE: Guy Pearce
Adrian Pasdar? More

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

14 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

16 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

17 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

19 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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