The Sorcerer Supreme has been making a lot news lately in the world of movies. With Marvel Studios continuing to expand their Cinematic Universe, several superheroes are popping up on the silver screen; and one these characters just so happens to Doctor Strange. While the film has not been confirmed, reports have guaranteed that moviegoers will see the master of the mystic arts in the near future. With the film being directed by Scott Derrickson and Jon Spaihts writing the script, Doctor Strange will likely be a part of Marvel's phase 3. However there is one thing missing. While the movie has a director and a writer. Doctor Strange is a lead star. According to Marvel Studios' President, Kevin Fiege, the man who will become the sorcerer supreme will be announced by either July or August. There is still some time left before the man playing Strange is announced; so until then, there is still plenty of room to speculate. While everyone has their top choices, these are five possible actors who could pull off Doctor Strange.
One of two actors speculated to play the good Doctor, and it is no surprise. If you are looking for someone who bring as much charisma as well as star power, look no further then Benedict Cumberbatch. One of the top stars working in the entertainment business today, Benedict is most notable for his role as the great detective Sherlock Holmes in the hit series: Sherlock. While he is known for his television role, Cumberbatch is no stranger to big blockbuster. Just last year, Cumberbatch starred in Star Trek: Into Darkness and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. He also showed a lot of range in 2013 with roles in The Fifth Estate and 12 Years A Slave.
Playing Strange: What Benedict Cumberbatch could bring to Doctor Strange is charisma and versatility. From what you tell from the movies listed above, Cumberbatch has been in a plenty of different films. However, while it is great to be in assortment of movies, it is also important to being able to stand out in each of these roles; and Benedict has proven that time and time again. Whether he is deducing crimes as Sherlock or being mosterous when voicing the dragon Smaug, Benedict is able to shine every time he is on screen So if were to be cast as Dr.Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch may fit the role perfectly with his charismatic presence. Who knows, with his show stealing abilities, he could go toe to toe with Robert Downey Jr.
The second actor who was mentioned to play Doctor Strange was Tom Hardy. Tom Hardy has had a plentiful resume. Tom made his presence known in the tenth Star Trek film: Star Trek Nemesis. Since then, Hardy has been a plenty of films. He has been seen in movies such as Bronson, Tinker Taylor Soldier Spy, Warrior, Lawless and Inception. Yet his iconic role came in the 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises as he played the intimidating villain Bane.
Playing Strange: Like Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy is not shy when being versatile. This actor has a played a number of different roles and brings something new in all of his performances. While a character like Strange may be a little different for Hardy, he could certainly bring something to the role. If there is any actor who bring his A game to role like Doctor Strange, it would be Tom Hardy.
A very different choice from the previous two, but one who could certainly get people's attention. While Aiden Gillen does not have the resume like Cumberbatch or Hardy, he still has an impressive one. Aiden Gillen is most known for his as Littlefinger in the hit TV series: Game of Thrones. He also starred in the HBO series The Wire. While Gillen has worked heavely on TV, the star has seen some movie roles in his career as he has starred in Shanghi Knights, Blitz and even had a small role in The Dark Knight Rises.
Playing Strange: What Aiden Gillen could bring to Doctor Strange is something different. The star is not known for playing lead characters, but perhaps someone like Gillen is exactly what the movie needs. It could give moviegoers something new in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and maybe open doors for Gillen. While Gillen is an unlikely choice, you will hear no complaints from this examiner if he is cast
Another wild card to play the character, but perhaps Adrian Brody could play the Sorcerer Supreme. Brody has been in a wide range of films. He has starred in blockbuster like King Kong and Predators; but he also starred smaller films like The Pianist and recently The Grand Budapest Hotel.
Playing Strange: This would be an odd choice. Brody is certainly not known for being a big budget films, let alone a superhero movies. However, that is not to say he couldn't play Strange. Like Gillen, Brody could bring something different to role of Dr.Strange. He has certainly shown that he can bring a lot of character in film likes The Pianist and Predators. While he is certainly not many's top choice, Adiran Brody could surprise many if were to be cast as Doctor Strange.
Another strange choice, but if you think about: Eric Bana could pull off the master of the mystic arts. Eric Bana has been in a variety of films in his career. He has been in a superhero film before in 2003's Hulk. Since that role, Bana starred in films like Troy, Munich, Star Trek, Hanna, Lone Survivor and the soon to be released Deliver Us From Evil (which is directed by Scott Derrickson).
Playing Strange: While his past superhero film is not garnered as something good, Bana has proven himself time and again of being dynamic in his roles. Since 2003, Bana has been a variety of movies and ,while he may not steal the show, Eric has certainly had solid performances. Bana is both an actor who can play a lead role or be a good supporting character; and that could make him perfect to play Doctor Strange.
All five actors could prove themselves worthy of being the Sorcerer Supreme, but then again, it is anyone's guess who Marvel chooses to play Doctor Strange. It could be Benedict Cumberbatch or it could be someone unknown. To find out who will play this supernatural character, we will just have to wait and see just who Marvel decides on playing the role of Doctor Strange. Still, any of these choices would be great, but that's just this examiner's opinion.
Who would you like to see play Doctor Strange? Feel free to list your own choices in the comments below.
Like the story? Subscribe now for more Something Cinematic articles.