The universe just got, for a lack of a better word, stranger. Marvel Studios announced that horror director Scott Derrickson would oversee production on the forthcoming [Doctor Strange](movie:559685) movie. The comic book movie studio will tackle magic and mysticism in the Marvel Cinematic Universe in Phase Three. It’s true that fans would like to see someone like Johnny Depp or Jon Hamm play Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange and with rumors that Marvel is looking to cast Jared Leto, Tom Hardy, or Benedict Cumberbatch, I decided to come up with my own list of actors I’d like to see take on the new role.
While he’s most recognizable as Dr. Mohinder Suresh on NBC’s [Heroes](movie:926822), Sendhil Ramamurthy is no stranger to the comic book superhero genre. He’s a fan-favorite, totally looks the part, and is around the same age as the character.
Keanu Reeves would play a good Doctor Strange mainly because he looks the part too. He’s about the same age as Robert Downey, Jr., so Reeves would be a good fit as a member of the Marvel Illuminati, if the movie studio ever decides to make a Planet Hulk film. Reeves also worked with Scott Derrickson in The Day the Earth Stood Still in 2008.
For some reason, you can’t think about Sendhil Ramamurthy as Doctor Strange without thinking about Naveen Andrews taking the job, too. Both were on very popular rival serialized genre TV shows in the mid-2000s, Ramamurthy on Heroes and Andrews, of course, on ABC’s Lost, and both were considered the “foreign guy” on their respective TV shows. Naveen Andrews looks the part, as he also played a very mysterious character on Lost.
The only problem with casting Sendhil Ramamurthy or Naveen Andrews is that it’s pretty clear that Marvel is looking at star power in Hollywood above all things. Ramamurthy and Andrews don’t have the same kind of clout as the other actors on this list. I would love to see one of these actors get the job, but I’m not going to hold my breath.
Ethan Hawke would make a good addition to the Avengers roster, joining the likes of Robert Downey, Jr., Mark Ruffalo, and Jeremy Renner. Hawke has no problem playing genre heavy characters, as he did in [The Purge](movie:765477), Gattaca, Daybreakers, and Assault on Precinct 13, and has worked with Derrickson on [Sinister](movie:413506) in 2012. He could also stand out during the dark and brooding portions of the Doctor Strange movie, as the character becomes conflicted with his old life as a successful neurosurgeon and his new life becoming the Sorcerer Supreme.
Ok, hear me out. Thinking outside of the box, I think Tilda Swinton would be a great Doctor Strange. In fact, she’s my favorite of this entire list. The choice would seem to be very controversial because Doctor Strange has always been portrayed as a white man. If you look at the other entries on my list, you can see that I’m going for something very non-traditional. If Marvel wants to do something fresh and interesting, then casting a female to play the Sorcerer Supreme would certainly do the trick.
Tilda Swinton won an Academy Award for acting in Michael Clayton in 2007, so there’s no denying that she’s a great actor. Doctor Strange is eccentric and mysterious, and those are the same characteristics I think of when I think of Tilda Swinton. I get the impression that she really walks around wearing a red cape in the privacy of her own home. Seeing Swinton play this role, as a mixture of her characters from [Only Lovers Left Alive](movie:413675) and We Need To Talk About Kevin would give Marvel that kind of emotional depth many say is lacking from their movies. Trust me, Tilda Switon would nail this character!
Who would you like to see play the Master of the Mystic Arts?