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Johnny Depp Eyed For Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
January 14, 2014 12:33 AM
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Update 1/14: Variety confirms Johnny Depp is in early discussions for "Doctor Strange." Or at least they did before they changed their "very fluid" story. Now it appears that Marvel do indeed want Depp, but fitting it into his busy schedule might be incredibly tough.

Update #2 1/14: Deadline says "there is really nothing to this rumor about Johnny Depp playing Dr. Strange for Marvel Studios....I’m told that Depp was approached eons ago, and it never went anywhere."

After landing two legendary actors for their Marvel-verse in Robert Redford ("Captain America: The First Avenger") and, yesterday, Michael Douglas ("Ant-Man"), can the comic studio make magic happen by landing one of the biggest movie stars on the planet?

They're gonna try, as Latino Review reports that Johnny Depp has taken a meeting with Marvel about "Doctor Strange." ZOMG. Now before you freak out too much, it should be noted that nothing is even close to happening, and moreover, work would need to be done on the script if Depp took the part. As you'll recall, the same site noted over the summer that Marvel was chatting with Joseph Gordon-Levitt about the part, which makes a bit more sense since in the current script, Doctor Strange is around 30 years old. If Depp, takes the part, it would mean reworking the script which could take time.

And for Depp, Marvel would take that time, but again, this is just a meeting and a far way from being real. But since this movie is widely thought to coming in Marvel's Phase Three, some direction will need to decided on the near future. And let's not forget Depp is still linked to Disney's "Alice In Wonderland 2" (due in 2016) and "Pirates Of The Caribbean 5" (no set date), which could create potential scheduling conflicts (though Marvel will move mountains for Depp if he were to sign).

Anyway, something to think about before you go to bed tonight -- should Depp be Doctor Strange? For more recent Marvel related features check out What Does The Netflix Partnership Mean For The Marvel Universe? 7 Points To Consider and How The 'Avengers'-Izing Of Blockbusters Is Killing Movies.

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  • Kevin Coxen | January 14, 2014 5:46 PMReply

    You will want to have someone protect the beverages of any girls on the set from Johnny and any of his siblings. They have a long history of using daterape drugs

  • casting 101 | January 14, 2014 5:01 PMReply

    Ioan Gruffudd..... beyond looking the part and having great screen presence, he worked well with Chris Evans.

  • Dr.strange | January 14, 2014 2:54 PMReply

    Johnny depp as dr.strange and co starring with Robert downey jr will be awesome and EPIC!!!!

  • Nope | January 14, 2014 1:43 PMReply

    Read the Variety article again: While it makes sense that Marvel would want to have a conversation with Depp over how it could launch a new franchise with the thesp, sources tell Variety that such talks have yet to take place and any possibility of such a pairing is premature.

  • comic-book-fan | January 14, 2014 10:16 AMReply

    He always has been the favorite to play this role in the cinema for the fans of the comic. Just look around, many many articles over the years talking about how perfect he is to play the Dr. Strange...maybe he's too perfect! and that's what makes me doubt about it. Johnny is the easy choice, the obvious choice. But if it happens! OMG a match made in the heaven it's happening here.

  • Josh | January 14, 2014 5:19 AMReply

    Wonderful. Now we can look forward to another lazy performance as Jack Sparrow in a movie that isn't Pirates.

  • F YOU | January 14, 2014 5:29 AM

    Oh my bad! I forget about the other serious movie he's doing that he is playing a normal character in! Say hi to "Mortdecai"! You have 2 serious normal Depp movies to look forward to! YAY!

  • F you | January 14, 2014 5:27 AM

    You can look forward to the sci-fi drama "Transcendence" in which he is playing a very serious role! Oh but you only care when he's wearing make and costume don't you? The movies in which he is playing normal characters doesn't exist just because you haven't seen them right? HE ONLY PLAYED JACK SPARROW 4 TIMES AND IT WAS IN THE PIRATES MOVIES. Go F YOURSELF.

  • Lame | January 14, 2014 2:11 AMReply

    This guy has been phoning it in since Pirates hit it big.

  • LAME YOUR FATHER | January 14, 2014 2:33 AM

    Really? Is that why he's been nominated for the Oscar 3 times after the first Pirates movie? Have you seen his great performances in Once Upon A Time In Mexico, The Libertine, Finding Neverland, Secret Window, Sweeney Todd, Public Enemies, etc ?

  • Err... | January 14, 2014 1:15 AMReply

    What's with all the "Marvel will do anything for Depp" commentary? There are plenty of bankable A-Listers that would take the part, I doubt they're willing to screw with their entire release schedule (since they love tie ins) just to land Depp.

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