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Rumor: Marvel Eyes Justin Theroux To Play 'Doctor Strange'

by Kevin Jagernauth
April 17, 2013 10:45 AM
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So, what do we know about the long-rumored, long-developing "Doctor Strange" movie. Well, it has been confirmed as part of Marvel's Phase Three plans along with "Ant-Man," but that's about it. But if these latest rumors are to be believed (and as always take with a bit of a grain of salt), the comic studio may be starting to feel out leading men.

According to sources speaking to CHUD, actor/screenwriter Justin Theroux is being eyed for the part, though he could be one of a handful (or this could be completely erroneous). While it might seem mega early to cast the part, one wonders if they are looking to tease the character in an upcoming post-credits Marvel movie sequence or perhaps in the forthcoming "Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D." At any rate, Theroux does have some history with the comics giant, having penned "Iron Man 2." Marvel does have a script in their hands courtesy of  Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer ("Conan The Barbarian," "Sahara") who handed something in way back in 2011, but no word if it will be getting a rewrite. Nor has there been any director assigned to the movie either.

So, in short we'll see. But he'd be an interesting choice if somehow this pans out, with the actor more than capable of bringing the sense of grandeur the part would likely require. 

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  • J.J. | April 17, 2013 2:12 PMReply

    There is no way that's true. Marvel would not cast an (relatively) unknown actor to play one of their second tier characters. A rumor spread by his handlers to start the hype machine. Marvel is going to need a superstar or "hot" up and comer to sell that movie. Theroux is neither.

  • Chaws | April 17, 2013 2:46 PM

    Right, Chris Hemsworth was a huge star after that five minutes he was in Star Trek when he landed the role of Thor. You can do MUCH worse than Justin for this role. It also doesn't hurt that he has a history with Marvel, has written 5 scripts, directed a film and has a body so cut that looks like it's photoshopped. You can always cast him as Doctor Strange then pull in a top tier A-List star to play the villian.

  • THE MAN | April 17, 2013 11:24 AMReply

    Good on him, I hope he'll write and direct it as well. I really enjoyed Dedication and I think he could pull it off.

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