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Jon Spaihts To Rewrite Marvel’s ‘Dr. Strange,’ Jared Leto Added To Actors Shortlist

by Edward Davis
June 18, 2014 7:16 PM
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While Marvel haven’t officially announced “Dr. Strange” or its director, Scott Derrickson (“Sinister" the upcoming "Deliver Us From Evil"), it’s clearly happening. And it appears they’re kind of starting over on the script level as Deadline reveals that Jon Spaihts (“Prometheus”) has been hired to write the script. Wait, hasn’t it already been written? Yes. The first draft was credited to Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer. But it sounds like Spaihts is mostly starting from scratch.

Meanwhile, one of the early casting rumors seems to have panned out. At least, it appears that Jared Leto is on Marvel’s short list along with Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumberbatch. What that means? The studio is interested in these actors possibly playing the role. Have the actors even been contacted? Are they free, interested, etc? It still might be early days and as “Father Of The Bride 3” news recently revealed, just because a studio wants to go ahead with a project, it doesn’t mean the star knows about it yet.

Spaihts has also written Universal’s reboot of “The Mummy,” alien invasion pic “The Darkest Hour” and “The Black Hole” remake. He’s known for writing the Keanu Reeves sci-fi film “Passengers” which actually has yet to be made – The Weinstein Company recently kicked it off their release schedule and it’s unclear if it’s actually been shot yet.

Derrickson's a screenwriter too (Atom Egoyan's "Devil's Knot," and most of his own directing projects) and it'll be interesting to see if gets to weigh in at some point. And he thinks he’s the right person for the job too. “I think when you consider the work that I've done it makes sense that he'd be my favorite comic book character, at least in the Marvel universe,” he told JoBlo today. “Probably the only comic character in that mainstream world that I'm suited to. I feel such an affinity for the character and the story and the ambition of those comics, especially the original Stan Lee and Steve Ditko "Strange Tales" - I think those are my favorite of all of them. The entire history of the comics is extraordinary.”

No release date is set, but it’s believed one will be revealed at Comic-Con in July.

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  • Haley Martin | June 28, 2014 9:55 PMReply

    I'm reading the comments here and see people debating on how smart Jared Leto is. I personally think that Jared is pretty smart. Plus, he played a very intelligent astrophyscist in Mr. Nobody. I think he'll make a great Doctor Strange. :)

  • Onebluestocking | June 21, 2014 1:12 AMReply

    That writer looks more like Dr. Strange than Jared Leto does.

  • nerdrage | June 20, 2014 2:12 PMReply

    Anyone but Cumberbatch. He isn't right f0r a summer tentpole leading man role. He should stick to villains and smaller dramatic leads. Jared Leto FTW. Marvel doesn't need to cater to the Cumberbatch fangirls to make this movie a success. BTW, what happened to Hardy? He would have been okay.

  • brit | June 20, 2014 5:59 PM

    Umm Cumberbatch is a leading hero, much like Sean Bean, but because Americans prefer British actors to play villains doesn't mean they are not right for leading man roles.

    He would be brilliant he has so much versatility, not that you will see it in an American film or TV series if the yanks have anything to say about it.

    I despair.

    Let's have the greatest Sherlock Holmes actor in an avengers movie alongside Robert Downey Jnr... Who wasn't that bad... I guess... ;)

  • Erin | June 19, 2014 4:50 AMReply


    Also, they've already test screened TIG yesterday, responses say it's AMAZING.

  • gosh | June 19, 2014 4:41 AMReply

    anyone but Benedict Cumberbatch please ....

    @alphabet - Leto doesn't only seems a smart guy. He actually IS an extremely smart guy.

  • Alphabet | June 18, 2014 11:41 PMReply

    Spaihts could be an inspired choice, some of the metaphysics in his early Prometheus treatment seemed fantastic.

    Leto, less so. Swell actor, but does he ever really seem like the smart guy in a room?

  • Stranger | June 20, 2014 6:42 PM

    If Leto were cast you wouldn't even see him on the screen... you would see Stephen Strange. To your last point, yes he is intelligent and one doesn't have to be "the smart guy in a room" to know that studios cast actors for their ability to y'know... act.

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