Could this be the star Marvel wants to be its big-screen Sorcerer Supreme?
Sometimes it seems like a Doctor Strange movie keeps getting further and further away, even though Marvel Studios mastermind Kevin Feige has confirmed that it's something they'd like to do eventually. Every once in a while we hear a rumor, a flutter of casting information or script information or a possible production schedule, and then the flick goes dormant again, leaving us to focus on our Iron Mans and Thors and Captains America, wondering when the stable of Marvel solo heroes will finally expand beyond Ant-Man.
OK, so it's not that dramatic, but we have been waiting quite some time to hear about major progress on this film, and while this rumor isn't official progress yet, it is perhaps the biggest Doctor Strange rumor we've ever heard. Are you ready?
According to Latino Review, a "well-connected source" reports that Marvel has "taken a meeting" with Johnny Depp (shown below in a still from his upcoming sci-fi thriller Transcendence) to star in the Doctor Strange movie as the good Doctor himself.
According to this source, Depp's a comic-book fan who's had some interest in working with Marvel for a while, and Marvel parent company Disney is so interested in having him on board for the flick that they'd even move the production schedule of Pirates of the Caribbean 5 around so he could work with Marvel, and Marvel would even rewrite the script -- which is believed to, at present, feature a 30-year-old Strange -- to accommodate Depp's age. That might seem like a lot of catering to the star, but consider how much money Depp's made for Disney over the years (The Lone Ranger nothwithstanding) through the Pirates franchise and Alice in Wonderland. He's been huge for them, and he's also a household name who would help draw in audiences who are less familiar with Doctor Strange than they are with, say, Iron Man at this point.
Now, for the moment it's important to keep in mind that this was just a meeting, not necessarily a contract negotiation or something more permanent. Meetings happen all the time, so tomorrow Depp could simply walk away from Doctor Strange, step back into Jack Sparrow's boots and never look back. Latino Review's report also went on to say that the very earliest we could possibly see Strange appear is in the credits sequence of Avengers: Age of Ultron to set up a possible 2016 release for his solo film, but he's still very solidly a Marvel Phase 3 character at this point, so there's still a good chunk of time left for the studio to work out a deal, with Depp or someone else.
In the meantime, though, let's just accept this report for what it is and ponder the possiblities anyway. Johnny Depp as Doctor Strange: Good casting? Bad casting? Will he be the guiding star that takes the lead for Marvel if and when Robert Downey Jr. finally bows out as Tony Stark? Will he take a character that many moviegoers know nothing about and turn him into the next Iron Man-like sensation? Or will this all just go away tomorrow?
(Via Latino Review)