According to Comic Book Movie on Friday, "Mad Men" actor Jon Hamm was approached during his Disney's "Million Dollar Arm" interview about rumors circulating around the internet regarding him talking with Marvel Studios about the Doctor Strange character. Interestingly enough and so par for the course, Hamm said he really knows nothing about his role in the aforementioned movie and found it funny that the Internet can wind up knowing more about him than he would of himself.
Back in January though, there was a mention of Hamm rumored for the role, but the source was not really legit. It does seem though that as of July Marvel Studios is considering Joaquin Phoenix as an actor for the Marvel Cinematic Universe and is thought to be "strongly considering the offer."
"The funny thing about the internet is you can have rumors go on about possible jobs, and possible things that you have no idea."
Since Hamm thought the Internet is supposedly a reliable source of information, he did mention that maybe the Internet has been in talks with Marvel Studios about recent updates of their projects. Though this might have been said in a facetious matter as most tend to tout, "If it's on the internet, it must be true!" Anyhow, the thought of the character in Hamm's mind was is a being he does consider rather "cool."
"Maybe, I don't know. It's funny when the internet knows more about you than you do, but maybe they've been talking to someone at Marvel. I certainly wasn't approached about it, but I do like Dr. Strange. He's a cool character."
The film is being directed by Scott Derrickson and is reportedly not an origin story film. Apparently, the previous story line for the film had been completely put to the wayside and "Prometheus" writer Jon Spaihts has taken on the role to do the screenwriting and thus won't include any origin story.
Derrickson's "Doctor Strange" movie is scheduled to be released come July 8, 2016.