Rumor: Morgan Freeman, Ken Watanabe, and Bill Nighy up for DOCTOR STRANGE Role

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After months of speculation about who would fill the title role, Marvel finally announced last week that Benedict Cumberbatch would indeed star in Doctor Strange.  Hopefully this next casting decision wont take as long.  Rumor has it that Marvel has approached Morgan Freeman, Ken Watanabe, and Bill Nighy for the role of The Ancient One. If you’re not familiar, The Ancient One is the former “Sorcerer Supreme” and Doctor Strange’s mentor.  He also mentored Baron Karl Mordo, who is heavily speculated to feature as the villain of Doctor Strange.

Scott Derrickson (Sinister) is directing the film from a script by John Spaihts Doctor Strange is set to hit theaters November 4, 2016.  Hit the jump for more.

A Done Deal: Marvel Confirms Benedict Cumberbatch Is DOCTOR STRANGE; Logline Revealed

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It’s Official.  Confirmed.  Signed, sealed, and delivered.  After months of rumors, negotiations, and close calls, Marvel has officially confirmed that Benedict Cumberbatch will indeed be the star of Doctor Strange, putting an end to the longest casting process since…well probably True Detective Season 2.  Regardless, the studio has found its man, and producer Kevin Feige has high praise for the star:

“Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity. In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.”

Scott Derrickson (Sinister) is directing the film from a screenplay by Jon Spaihts. Hit the jump for more on this long road to finding Doctor Strange.

Marvel Releases Official Phase 3 Timeline Image

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You may remember seeing glimpses of a full timeline of films for Marvel’s upcoming Phase 3 slate during the studio’s big unveiling presentation, but you’d be forgiven for forgetting seeing as how Marvel Studios dumped a lot of big news that day.  Not to worry, because Marvel has now officially revealed the Phase 3 timeline image, which might come in handy when trying to keep track of all the superhero movies we have on tap.  Ant-Man was originally supposed to kick off the next phase, but that film has now been moved under the Phase 2 banner as sort of a post-script after Avengers: Age of Ultron.  The real Phase 3 festivities begin on May 6, 2016 with the release of Captain America: Civil War, which pits Robert Downey Jr.’s Iron Man against Chris Evans’ Captain America, with Chadwick Boseman’s Black Panther and Daniel Bruhl’s unnamed villain also in the mix.

Check out the full Marvel Phase 3 timeline image after the jump.

CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR Sets Daniel Bruhl as Villain; May Also Be the Big Bad in DOCTOR STRANGE

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One of the villain roles has officially been cast for Marvel’s upcoming Captain America: Civil War, and it’s not you who might expect.  No, not the Winter Soldier again.  And not Tony Stark either, despite what the Civil War subtitle might suggest.  It’s a different character entirely, and the studio has tapped Rush and Inglourious Basterds star Daniel Bruhl to bring a Captain America 3 villain to life in the highly anticipated Marvel follow-up.  Additionally, another report indicates that Bruhl will actually be playing the main villain in Doctor Strange, and a few other familiar Marvel Cinematic Universe faces are expected to return for Captain America 3.  More after the jump.

Watch Video from Yesterday’s Marvel Event Including Downey and Evans Welcoming Boseman, and Kevin Feige’s Q&A

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Yesterday, we brought you plenty of stories regarding Marvel’s big event where they laid out all of Phase Three, announced Chadwick Boseman was playing Black Panther, and provided details on other upcoming movies.  Now video from the event has gone online, and you can watch these announcements in full along with Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige‘s Q&A.

Hit the jump to check out the videos along with links to all of our recent Marvel coverage.

Superhero Movie Release Dates: From 2015 to 2020

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There’s no denying that the most popular genre around these days is that of the superhero movie.  Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy proved that comic book adaptations could be just as dramatic and heavy as non-genre films, Marvel Studios jumpstarted a massive interconnected series of superhero movies that were significantly more colorful and humorous, and audiences have been turning out to both kinds of superhero movies in droves.  With every major studio now working to turn its own comic book properties into the next big thing, it’s sometimes tough to keep track of what’s coming out when, who’s in it, and how it fits into the overall picture.  Not to worry, though, because we here at Collider have you covered.

After the jump, you’ll find a comprehensive guide of superhero movie release dates for every major comic book adaptation on the calendar, going all the way up to the year 2020.  Moreover, we’ll be updating this guide regularly with the most current information, so if you’re ever looking for the latest news on a specific film, you can come right back here for a quick overview.

Marvel Reveals Phase 3 Release Dates: BLACK PANTHER in 2017; CAPTAIN MARVEL in 2018; AVENGERS: INFINITY WAR in 2018 and 2019

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It’s been just two weeks since Warner Bros. unveiled its DC Movie lineup, but Marvel is already stealing back the spotlight with an enormous slate of its own.  Here’s the overview of Phase 3:

All movies will be released in 3D.  Hit the jump for more on the big announcement.

Benedict Cumberbatch In Talks to Lead Marvel’s DOCTOR STRANGE

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Marvel Studios has finally found its next superhero.  The studio has been developing an adaptation of the mystical comic Doctor Strange for some time, and finally put the project on the front burner earlier this year when they hired Scott Derrickson (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) to direct.  The next order of business was filling the lead role, and while Marvel’s string of successes might lead you to believe finding an actor to be the next Marvel star would be easy, it turned out to be some tricky business.  Joaquin Phoenix entered into a protracted negotiation process to fill the role, but at the last minute he walked away from the project, likely uncomfortable with the kind of windfall that comes from accepting such a role (ie. contract options, press commitments, sequels, etc.).

The studio went back to the drawing board once Phoenix walked away, looking at a number of different actors for the part, but now it appears that the actor who may be filling the role is somewhat of a familiar face in relation to Doctor Strange: Mr. Benedict Cumberbatch.  More after the jump.

Keanu Reeves Talks JOHN WICK, the Action Sequences, if He’ll Direct Again, the JOHN RAIN TV Series, Eli Roth’s KNOCK KNOCK, and More

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As I’ve said again and again on Twitter and on the site, I absolutely loved John Wick.  Filmmakers Chad Stahelski and David Leitch have crafted a fantastic action thriller that’s absolutely worth your time and money.  When I recently hosted a screening in NYC, there were plenty of laughs, gasps, and tons of applause during the incredible action set pieces.  In the film, Keanu Reeves stars as an ex-hitman who comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him.  Trust me, if you like action movies, this is a must see film.  For more on John Wick, watch this trailer, see Evan shoot people in the face, and here’s all our previous coverage.

Last week in New York City I sat down with Keanu Reeves for an extended interview.  He talked about how he got involved in the film, script changes, the challenge of shooting the various action sequences, the universal appeal of John Wick and the character motivation, if he’ll direct again, if he’d be willing to star in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, his hopes for the John Rain limited TV series that he’s also doing with Chad Stahelski and David Leitch, future projects including the courtroom drama The Whole Truth and the Eli Roth horror movie Knock Knockand more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Rumor: Benedict Cumberbatch, Colin Farrell and Keanu Reeves Frontrunners for DOCTOR STRANGE?

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We’ve already got Ryan Gosling, Jared LetoOscar IsaacMatthew McConaugheyEwan McGregorJake Gyllenhaal and Ethan Hawke in the mix for Doctor Strange.  Why not add another name to the ever-growing list?

Not only is it being reported that Colin Farrell is in consideration for the title role, but that Benedict Cumberbatch is back in the race as well.  Hit the jump for more on who’s supposedly in and out.  Doctor Strange is due in theaters on July 8, 2016.

Ryan Gosling Mulling Franchise Role as He Eyes DOCTOR STRANGE, HOUDINI, and SUICIDE SQUAD

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Thus far, Ryan Gosling has managed to enjoy a successful career without starring in any franchise or studio tentpole films.  His taste has varied nevertheless, ranging from moody dramas like Half Nelson and Drive to lighter films like Crazy, Stupid, Love. and Lars and the Real Girl.  Gosling is currently gearing up to start filming writer/director Shane Black’s 1970s crime noir The Nice Guys opposite Russell Crowe, but the actor’s no-franchise status may soon be changing.  Gosling is reportedly mulling over the possibility of starring in one of a trio of high-profile studio films: Marvel’s Doctor Strange, Summit’s The Secret Life of Houdini, and Warner Bros.’ DC Comics adaptation Suicide Squad.  More after the jump.

Rumor: Oscar Isaac, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Jake Gyllenhaal and More on Marvel’s Short List for DOCTOR STRANGE

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There have been a lot of Doctor Strange casting rumors over the last few months, but now there’s a new report claiming that Marvel is still assessing a short list and that that short list currently includes Jared Leto, Oscar Isaac, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ethan Hawke.

Per usual, nothing is official and we must treat this as a rumor, but after those negotiations with Joaquin Phoenix broke down, it makes sense for the studio to take a step back and assess the other options.  Hit the jump for additional details on each one.

Rumor: Ewan McGregor Could Be DOCTOR STRANGE

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Ah, the casting saga of Doctor Strange continues.  I’m sure whoever director Scott Derrickson casts in the role will be great, but it’s interesting to see the wide breadth of names being mentioned for the part.  Derrickson and Marvel had been dancing with Joaquin Phoenix for a while before he dropped out and a lot of the subsequent online fan casting has mentioned names like Keanu Reeves and Ethan Hawke.

One of the names those fan casters haven’t brought up is Ewan McGregor, but here he is suddenly in the middle of the conversation.  And I don’t even necessarily think he’d be a bad choice.  He may not look the part on the surface, but there’s this thing he can do called “acting” that I’m sure could smooth everything over.  Hit the jump for more on Ewan McGregor potentially playing Doctor Strange.

Keanu Reeves Talks DOCTOR STRANGE and His Stance on Comic Book Movies in General

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For the past week or so since Joaquin Phoenix dropped out of negotiations to play the title role in Marvel’s Doctor Strange (and even before that really if you go back a few months) the internet has been torn virtually asunder by chatter regarding whom might be right for the role.  One of the names that has been bandied about in recent days is Keanu Reeves and I can see why he’s a fan casting favorite.  Not only does he have the right look and demeanor for the role, but he’s worked with director Scott Derrickson before on The Day the Earth Stood Still.

Steve caught up with Reeves today and, while the bulk of their interview centered around the f*cking fantastic John Wick, they discussing the notion of playing Doctor Strange and doing superhero movies in general.  Hit the jump for Reeves’ thoughts on Doctor StrangeJohn Wick hits theaters on October 24th.

Joaquin Phoenix Will Not Be DOCTOR STRANGE as Talks with Marvel Break Down

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The road to Marvel Studios’ Doctor Strange just got quite a bit rockier.  After casting rumors had abounded in the months since Scott Derrickson signed on to direct the 2016 Marvel film, the studio finally found their man this summer in Joaquin Phoenix and were ready to announce the news at San Diego Comic-Con in July.  However, as one might imagine, putting the finishing touches on Phoenix’s deal was quite complicated, and they weren’t able to finalize the contract in time for the SDCC announcement.  Word went quiet on the Doctor Strange front in the ensuing months and while rumors started to pick up that maybe Phoenix had dropped out of the film altogether, we were able to exclusively report in August that Phoenix was still in final talks to take on the lead role, as his deal was still in the process of being finalized.

We were hearing as late as two days ago that Phoenix remained Marvel’s man, but we can now confirm Deadline’s report that talks between Phoenix and Marvel broke down in the last 24 hours and he has now walked away from the film, setting Marvel back to square one.  More after the jump.

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