He's steered clear of superhero films before, but now Ryan Gosling is in the sights of both Marvel and DC.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Gosling has met with Marvel in recent weeks about taking on the role of Doctor Strange. Gosling joins Jared Leto, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ewan McGregor, Matthew McConaughey and Ethan Hawke on the roster of actors who have been linked to the role since Marvel and Joaquin Phoenix ended negotiations last month.
But that's not all: Sources have indicated that Gosling has also been approached to star in Suicide Squad -- presumably as Deadshot -- for the newly announced movie from Marvel's rival studio, Warner Bros./DC Entertainment. Suicide Squad could find Gosling leading a team of antiheroes that includes Will Smith, Tom Hardy and Margot Robbie -- those are the other actors Warner Bros. and director David Ayer have reportedly reached out to.
Gosling has largely avoided franchises and genre blockbusters so far -- he was interested in starring in Green Lantern but didn't want to sign for sequels. He also came close to playing the title role in the now-abandoned Logan's Run remake. Could he be reconsidering now that he's being wooed for what are sure to be two of the highest-profile superhero movies of 2016?
Doctor Strange, under the direction of Scott Derrickson, is set for release on July 8, 2016, while Suicide Squad is tentatively scheduled to arrive on Aug. 5, 2016.
Does Gosling ring your bell for either Doctor Strange or Suicide Squad?