It’s an exciting time for nerds, as the last couple of weeks have brought us our first looks at Jurassic World, The Force Awakens, and casting confirmations on some of our most anticipated comic book properties. Let’s get the big one out of the way first. Once Joaquin Phoenix passed on Doctor Strange, the rumor world then turned to Benedict Cumberbatch (a very excellent choice). Well today, Marvel has made it offical and cast the fan-favorite actor as the Sorcerer Supreme! From the press release:
Benedict Cumberbatch has entered the world of the mystic arts.
The actor will star in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” scheduled to hit theaters November 4, 2016. The film, directed by Scott Derrickson with Jon Spaihts writing the screenplay, will follow the story of neurosurgeon Doctor Stephen Strange who, after a horrific car accident, discovers the hidden world of magic and alternate dimensions.
“Stephen Strange’s story requires an actor capable of great depth and sincerity,” said Producer Kevin Feige. “In 2016, Benedict will show audiences what makes Doctor Strange such a unique and compelling character.”
So there’s stil no real story details on the film, but that’s not unexpected since it’s not hitting until later in 2016. But for now, we have our leading man, and that’s pretty damn exciting. On the smaller screen, it looks like Marvel is getting it’s second Netflix show (the one coming after Daredevil), Jessica Jones. Deadline is reporting that Krysten Ritter to play the titular heroine.
Marvel is mum as usual, but I hear they have tapped Krysten Ritter for the lead in the company’s straight-to-series drama Jessica. Ritter was one of five actresses who tested for the role. I hear it came down to her and Teresa Palmer, with both doing chemistry reads with The Following‘s Mike Colter, believed to be the choice for male lead Luke Cage.
So, kind of a double whammy here, but since the headline isn’t about Mike Colter, we won’t make much of a big deal about it here (though it sounds like he’s a frontrunner). Regardless, these are two big parts that Marvel have filled with actors that can do incredibly well and that fans will seemingly like. It’s a big score, considering the incredibly line-up DC just revealed for Suicide Squad.
The studios seem very concerned with nailing the right actors for the part, and as movie-watchers and comic book fans, it’s great to see. What do you guys think of these casting choices?