He will make the transition work:
In the origin story of Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange, he starts off as an egocentric, wealthy neurosurgeon who cares more about treating rich patients than sick children. But he learns an important lessen in humility when he loses both the use of his hands and his fortune following a car accident, eventually becoming homeless and learning modesty before being introduced to the world of mysticism.We know that Depp can easily portray both sides of that coin, having played arrogance in the likes of Public Enemies and Blow , and been the humbled hero in the likes of Finding Neverland and The Tourist .
Depp can pull off the facial hair:
If Doctor Strange is known for anything - other than his mighty magical abilities - it's his awesomely trendy soup-catcher. So any man that steps into his boots need to be able to rock a goatee. Enter one Johnny Depp, who looks so good wearing a fine moustache-beard combo, he chooses this as his normal everyday look.
Depp already exists within the Marvel universe!
Ok, this one is a bit of a cheat but Johnny Depp has kind of technically already appeared in Iron Man 3, look at the picture below. So basically, if Depp were cast as the character, we'd be able to look back on this scene and wonder how Doctor Strange came to be modelling sunglasses. We'd at least expect it to be the focus of one of Marvel's shorts.
Age before beauty:
One problem with casting Strange is that it makes sense for producers to go with someone younger, who can keep playing the character throughout many years' worth of various instalments. But this goes against the character himself - you can't have a well-respected, experienced neurosurgeon who's just 30 years old.No, at 50, Depp is the perfect age to play the older, wiser Strange, and with the added bonus of still looking young enough to appease those producers worried about alienating younger audiences.
Depp and Downey Jr... together
We'll see Doctor Strange and Tony Stark in the same room at some point in the future. And Johnny Depp acting opposite Robert Downey Jr is just too enticing.
Depp's comfortable with green screen:
Let's face it, whoever is cast as Doctor Strange is going spend a lot of the time surrounded by bright green walls, talking to thin air and fighting men covered in ping pong balls. So it needs to be an actor who can comfortably sell realism when acting opposite nothing. The Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, as well as films like Alice in Wonderland and The Lone Ranger , have given Depp plenty of practice with this.
Johnny can pull off the fashion:
It takes a special kind of man to look good in a cape, let alone look good in a cape while in the thick of some mystical action, spouting all sorts bizarre incarnations.
Attract fans to see this new superhero:
It's a sad truth that Doctor Strange just doesn't have the same kind of crowd-pulling power as the more famous likes of Iron Man and Captain America, so in order to get bums on seats, Marvel might need to cast a real A-lister to help introduce this character to the masses. And who could resist the new Johnny Depp film?
Doctor Strange is like no other Depp character:
Amazingly, given his extensive filmography, Depp has never played a superhero. Or a sorcerer. Or er... a neurosurgeon with broken hands. And given that he always makes every single one of his characters stand out from what he has done before, you can guarantee that he will bring something original and enjoyable to Doctor Strange.
Depp's charisma can outshine all the CGI:
In any Doctor Strange movie, there's going to be plenty of computer-generated wizardry and spellbinding special effects, so it would be easy for any actor to get lost among the dazzling big-screen pixels.Not so with Johnny Depp, a man so cool and charismatic he looks like he has never sweated a day in his life. Let there be no doubt, no matter what was going in around him, no one will be able to keep their eyes off Depp's Doctor Strange.
Marvel with star power:
Some may have seemed controversial at the time, but Marvel has always made excellent casting choices, letting the characters themselves become the stars rather than have then fall foul of any A-lister's vanity project.But now that we move on to more second-tier superheroes, wouldn't it be fun to see exactly how Marvel fare with a Hollywood superstar in their lead role? They have rarely taken a foot wrong when it comes to scripts and direction, so really we're just talking about another brilliant Marvel movie, but this time with added star power.