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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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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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