For Your Consideration: The Fan-Casting Of Doctor Strange
Now that Joaquin Phoenix has passed on the Sorcerer Supreme several big name stars are being lined up as a short list for Steven Strange. Among them are Matthew McConaughey, Ethan Hawke, Jared Leto, Oscar Issac, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ewan McGregor. Some pretty fierce names. Most of them suit the role just fine. But lets take some time to look at some alternate choices:
John Hawkes: Oscar nominated character actor has seen his fair share of blockbusters. It’s nearly time he took the helm of one. After being seen as gentle in “The Sessions” people may have some doubts. I suggest rewatching “Winters Bone” to get a good sense of what he is capable of.
Oded Fehr: Based on looks alone, this man should be a clear front runner. He’s been a staple in fantasy blockbuster films and is just dying for a genuine leading role. This could be the one for him.
Timothy Olyphant: Charisma and charm abounds, He can play comedy easily (See “The League” and “Go”) and is a master of the dramatic (See “Justified.”) Olyphant could suit up well as the master of the mystic arts.
and my absolute favorite … David Tennant: Seriously. Why is this even a question? You want a big star, how about one of Britain’s biggest? A former and beloved Doctor Who, Doctor. The guy made one of the best drama series of last year in “Broadchurch.” (We won’t discuss “Gracepoint.”) He pulled off the look of Warlock very well in the minor hit “Fright Night” and has openly said on the Marvel Podcast that he would love a role in a Marvel movie. Listen up Feige, you want a one sheet poster that will sell your movie. David Tennant in full Strange regalia, backlit, and a tag line that reads “Did someone call a Doctor?” You’d probably also break the internet.
Just cut his hair and let the man get to work.
Just my two cents.