Jared Leto Rumored to Star in DOCTOR STRANGE

     June 4, 2014


Yesterday, we received word that Sinister director Scott Derrickson was in talks to direct Marvel’s upcoming Phase Three movie, Doctor Strange.  The comics focus on a talented, arrogant surgeon Stephen Strange, who shatters his hands in a car accident, and believes that by learning the mystical arts he can heal his crippling injury.  He eventually becomes the “Sorcerer Surpreme”, the protector of our world against magical threats.  There are so many talented actors out there that could fit Strange’s look and personality, but Marvel is rumored to be looking at a controversial choice.

Hit the jump for more.

jared-leto-doctor-strangeAccording to Badass Digest‘s Devin Faraci, “Marvel likes (or liked, I don’t know what the current status of this is) Jared Leto for Stephen Strange.”  Faraci adds, “God help us all if that’s true.”

I’m inclined to agree.  Leto has stayed quiet since winning a slew of awards, including the Oscar, for Best Supporting Actor for Dallas Buyers Club.  I liked his performance, but it earned some understandable backlash from the transgender community.  I’ve also been a fan of some of Leto’s work before Dallas Buyers Club such as his performances in Panic Room and Requiem for a Dream.

I don’t think he’s a “bad” actor, but I don’t think he’s the ideal choice for the role.  Strange has an arrogance that’s supposed to be charming (he’s frequently compared to Tony Stark), and arrogance from someone like Leto, as we saw from his interviews on the awards circuit, can come off as grating at best and incredibly douche-y at worst.

All that being said, we’ve been taught time and time again that we should reserve judgment on casting (call it the “Heath Ledger Lesson”).  Additionally, Marvel has been dead-on with almost all of its casting thus far.  They’ve earned the benefit of the doubt.  I just hope they’re also looking at actors who don’t raise so many of those doubts.


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  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Yea I dont’ see it. I like Leto but if he’s suppose to be the magical version of Tony Stark then they need to cast someone like Jon Hamm or someone similiar.

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      Because everyone knows Jon Hamm was born of the Faerie King Finral and thus has an innate knack for magic. Unlike Leto who was born of mere mortals.

      • Ruprect

        I thought Hamm was conjured “Witches of Eastwick” style.

      • The Flobbit

        Jon Hamm was hewn out of granite, with a cigarette between his lips. Everyone knows that.

      • Ruprect

        You forgot the CC on ice in one hand.

      • Bo

        Excellent and very funny. Thanks for the chuckle.

    • http://www.facebook.com/MitchJonesComedy Honest Bender

      Jon Hamm would be a perfect fit for this role. Kudos. Kudos, I say!

    • Jon Hamm’s bulge

      Jonn Hamm has the bulge for playing Strange!

    • Leo Spaceman

      Pedro Pascal absolutely could nail a magical Tony Stark. Somebody said it a few days ago, and I think it needs to be brought up again and again to get Marvel’s attention, but Pedro Pascal could absolutely nail the role of Doctor Strange. He has the talent and the charisma and he is an inspired choice to play it. Nobody wants Depp or some big name actor for the role. The thing that makes Marvel so popular is there inspired choices, and right now they are letting the controlling Disney side of them show.

      So Pedro Pascal everybody, Pedro Pascal.

    • struque

      Nicolas Cage?

    • Thomas K.

      Josh Hartnett, maybe?

      • Jamesy

        Josh Harnett could work, given he’s not a GREAT actor but he could look the part and can actually picture him in the role. He’s taken on some interesting choices in the past few years and you can tell he’s grown as an actor but the movies he’s chosen just haven’t landed in terms of box office. This could be his “comeback” so to speak, would be cool to see.

      • The Flobbit

        Hartnett is done with Hollywood. He was screwed over by them, and he’s now working in indies and television.

    • Will

      LOL, Jon Hamm is as charismatic as old cardboard!

  • randommale7

    He’s no Viggo Mortenson but I wouldn’t be too bothered by it…

    • The Flobbit

      I’d love to see Viggo in the role, but I thought he already turned them down. After his comments on The Hobbit, I don’t see a CGI-heavy blockbuster in his near future.

    • Ruprect

      I was thinking Viggo for Dr Strange as well. No other actor could convincingly shout “Dormahmuuuuuuu!!” like Viggo could.

      • The Flobbit

        Idris Elba. Idris Elba can shout anything.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        As opposed to “Bah-ram-ewwwee!!” which can be shouted convincingly by even barn animals.

      • Ruprect

        What a ham-handed reply.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Dude, don’t hog the good puns.

      • Ruprect

        Hey, sorry. I don’t want any truffle.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        You reap what you sow.

      • Ruprect

        Well, it behooves us all to keep our humour when times get trough.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        It’s true, a lack of humor is a porcine for morale.

      • Ruprect

        Don’t be so kosher of yourself. It’s not true halal the time.

      • The Flobbit

        You two have the chops for comedy.

  • axalon

    “God help us all if that’s true.”

    Why the hate for Leto? Dude’s a good actor.

    • Davis

      Typical nerd reaction

    • Farrell

      Devin didn’t say he was a bad actor. He’s talking about him being wrong for the role.

      • axalon

        Oh okay. Seemed like a pretty strong reaction for a miscasting. Leto certainly looks like he could pull off the Doc Strange look.

      • Farrell

        Being right for the role is more important than having the right look.

    • The eye of Agamotto

      You people want something to hate, Ben Affleck is Batman!… yeah still. :(

  • Farrell

    The guy doesn’t have the gravitas. He’s a good actor, but it would be like casting Justin Timberlake as Daniel Plainview.

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      *higher, softer voice* I drink your milkshake

    • James

      Agreed. I like the guy, and he’s a good actor, but I don’t know if he can carry a film. Something like this has to have an actor with enough weight and charisma that the audiences can connect with and hold on to despite the outlandish nature of the material.

    • The Flobbit

      Dammit. Now I can’t stop thinking about Daniel Day-Lewis playing Stephen Strange…in the Plainview accent.

  • TotesMcGotes

    Richard Armitage should take it. I know he had a small role in Captain America, but it’s so small it’s inconsequential.


    • The Flobbit

      Where’d you get that idea from? Is it possible our minds are synced about this? Armitage would make a killer Stephen Strange. I’m picturing a dark and brooding Strange haunted by his past, driven by hubris to uncover the secrets of the occult.

  • Person

    Little younger than I would’ve expected, but I’m not opposed to it. Leto is talented, I could see it working.

    • pandapool

      Believe it or not Leto is 42 years old.

      • Person

        I meant more that he doesn’t look terribly old, could even pass for 32. The other actors people have been mentioning at least look like they’re in their 40s, which is what I think Strange would likely be.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Believe it or not, it’s easier to make an actor look his age/older than it is to make them look younger. And if you want someone to carry a 3+ movie franchise, the younger the longer they can keep a consistent appearance, the better. For Leto, it just means they’ll have to use less makeup as he actually ages.

  • Greg

    “Arrogance from someone like Leto, as we saw from his interviews on the awards circuit, can come off as grating at best and incredibly douche-y at worst.”

    Since when have we been equating an actor’s off screen persona with their acting ability? Is this a thing? Does Meryl Streep have to start acting like a bitch in real life just because all of her characters have been? Come on, guys…..

    I, for one, like the idea. Another out of the box casting choice, no doubt, but I have faith that it could be awesome should it come to fruition.

    • Farrell

      Leto doesn’t have the strong screen presence to carry a movie…which is why he always plays supporting roles. There’s a reason for that. Strange seems to be a larger than life character, and Leto doesn’t have the gravitas.

      • slimpunk

        I wouldn’t consider his role in Requiem for a Dream supporting. Co-starring maybe, but not second billing.

      • Zircon

        Really?? I guess you’ve never seen Leto perform in front of
        millions of fans at sold-out concerts around the world.
        He is beyond charismatic. As an actor, he is a chameleon…
        very few have his range. I think this is a brilliant choice…
        He will BECOME Dr.Strange…not act as if.
        I don’t think you really understand how talented he is…Plus,
        he would bring in a huge audience that otherwise would not
        pay to see a cbm.

  • XFan

    How about Jude Law?

  • Christian

    I’m not sure if he could hide his accent, but Nikolaj Coster-Waldau might be a good fit for the role. I think he’s a high enough profile actor at this point, thanks to GOT.

    • The Flobbit

      Naah, great actor, but he’s too butch and manly. Strange needs to look ten steps ahead of the game, and calm and collected.

  • Light

    He’s a great actor. But, he lacks personality, yes, even with all the extreme characters he’s played he’s still forgetable. If they want to stick someone with the charisma in the role. If he were meant to be an A-List movie star that could lead tent pole movies then it would’ve happened in the last decade!

    Seriously, whoever came up with this idea of casting him for Doctor Strange needs to be fired for a gross lack of commonn sense.

  • The Flobbit

    Jared Leto is a kick-ass actor, but I can’t help thinking he’s too young for the part, and too edgy. I’d rather they went with someone like Mortensen, Richard Armitage, Oded Fehr, or Matthew Goode.

    • Peter Capaldoc

      Matthew Goode’s a great idea. Could keep the arrogance just charming enough to be palatable.

    • Person

      If Leto is too young, then isn’t Goode, too?

      • The Flobbit

        Leto has a secret tap to the Fountain of Youth. Not all of us are so lucky. Goode looks older, more mature, and has more gravitas.

      • Person

        Eh I guess. Goode is fine, so is Leto, but I still prefer Ethan Hawke to get the part.

  • R

    it’s easy, he just doesn’t have enough class to be a doctor let alone Dr Strange.

  • The Flobbit

    I’m surprised nobody is mentioning Leto’s very talented co-star Matthew McConaughey for the role of Dawkder Shtraynge (well experienced with things deep and dark).

    Note: sarcasm.

    • http://www.theskinsfactory.com/ The Skins Factory

      It would be “Alright, Alright, Alright… let’s cast us a spell”.

  • RedStag


    • the king of comedy

      this would be perfect

  • Brandon Cornelly

    If what it’s said he gets up to with underage girls on webcams is true (as told to me by a relative of one girl), a controversial choice for Disney indeed.

    • Zircon

      What the f***k are you talking about. I think the “relative” is
      mistaking Jared Leto for James Franco. Franco is the one putting up
      pix with underage girls….
      You should really get your facts straight, before you start making
      despicable and misinformed allegations. Shameful!
      By the way, Disney is using his music for Big Hero 6…I guess they
      don’t have a problem with him.

  • Nick

    He’s an incredible actor, I really don’t see how anyone can say he’s not unless you’re retarded. This isn’t like anything he’s done before, but neither was a tranny and he nailed it. Fanboy nerds and their fanboy casting is going to ruin the recent slew of great movies in the comic book world. I still remember the Jensen ackles cries for captain America vividly… They’ve been spot on at marvel… And I’m not as fan of Snyder, but his casting in superman has been great (the movie wasn’t) so people over reacting there is unjustified as well.

  • Royale With Cheese

    No, thank you, hold the Hamm.

  • Django9000

    You guys should all watch MR NOBODY on Netflix. Leto has a lot more going for him than many are led to think. I for one can see this – part of the alchemy of making Marvel’s lesser known characters work is giving their roles to actors with a level of charm the comics never really achieved, who have the range and something to prove.

  • Snarky

    I vote for Dr. Orpheus!

  • Hidalgo Harris

    OBERYN MARTELL as Dr. Strange = Perfect

    • The people of Dorne

      That’s a mind blowing choice!

  • Strong Enough

    They should hire a latino actor and enrage fanboys

    • Faptain America

      or hire a black actor and enrage all of America.

      • Strong Enough

        i like your thinking

  • Omar

    I could see the guy who played Oberyn Martell on GoT as Doctor Strange, though I liked the idea of him playing Kraven for Sin Six…

  • Al

    How many times do I have to say it, 90s Bruce Campbell!

  • pandapool

    Pedro Pascal would be an eye-popping casting choice imo.

    • eternalozzie

      he was great in GOT this season

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  • bookon

    Viggo Mortenson would be my first choice….

    • eternalozzie

      no … just no

  • Mms

    Jean Dujardin, nuff said

    • Person

      Damn, that would actually be sick. Never even though of him. Better hire him now and get working with that accent coach, though…

  • johhny

    Two words: Colin Farrell.

    • Box office poison

      No thanks!

  • Colin Christian

    Mads Mikkelsen!

    • The Flobbit

      Way too creepy. And Danish.

  • http://mysite.verizon.net/vzepr1xp/index.html unsean

    Jared Leto’s not a bad choice, though I always thought that Doctor Strange should skew a bit older. One of my favorites for the role is Ioan Griffudd, mainly because he can act (not that you could tell from the Fantastic Four movies) and can play cocky without seeming like a douche (check out Sanctum for evidence).

  • Jamesy

    Hmm interesting choice. As soon as I seen that picture of Strange, Jonathan Rhys Meyers came to mind.

  • Thomas K.

    Marvel should’ve saved STRANGE for sayyy… Phase Five.
    Re-Cast RDJ as Strange.
    Nobody would complain.

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  • eternalozzie

    I find the Leto hate here quite disturbing … people are tip toeing around their real problem with him.

    • Zircon

      Go read the comments section on other articles like IGN etc…
      The response to Leto is HUGELY POSITIVE. In fact, more so than
      any other recent casting rumors for other projects.
      They’d be lucky to have him…but I doubt he’d do it.

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