We were a little bummed that Joaquin Phoenix is officially out of the "Doctor Strange" game, but the latest list of names being bandied about is fairly heartening. (Learn more about this Marvel-ously strange superhero here.)
First up: Ewan McGregor! The frequently pantsless young Obi-Wan is reportedly "prepping for the role," according to our pals at Badass Digest. "I contacted one of my usual sources and asked if this was true, and I was told, 'They're looking at him,'" Devin Faraci wrote yesterday. Although "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace," "Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones," and "Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith" didn't exactly rock our worlds, McGregor is a very talented actor whose name we wouldn't mind seeing up on a marquee.
Variety got in the game later last night with a few more names, and they're equally interesting. Once again, Jared Leto's named is being bandied about, with reports that the rockin' actor "is aggressively pursuing the mystical part since Phoenix's departure and despite being notoriously picky about his movie roles, appears ready to get back in front of the camera." Winning an Oscar will do that to you. Ethan Hawke is still apparently in the running; the actor starred in director Scott Derrickson's horror flick "Sinister" a few years back, too. Oscar Isaac is another tantalizing possibility, as is Jake Gyllenhaal. Isaac is currently filming "Star Wars: Episode VII," whereas Gyllenhaal has been creeping out everyone on the festival circuit in the upcoming flick "Nightcrawler." It's been a minute since Gyllenhaal took a crack at a blockbuster - let us never discuss "Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time" - but hey, why not?
The most tantalizing (but perhaps least likely) candidate is Matthew McConaughey, who is definitely trippy enough to tackle "Doctor Strange." The real question is whether or not the "Interstellar" star will have any time in his schedule to squeeze in a Marvel flick. Then again, why wouldn't the McConaissance include a superhero movie?
Last we heard, the "Doctor Strange" folks were hoping to start filming this May, with a tentative July 2016 release date. Of course, first they need a leading man.