Yesterday it was announced that Scott Derrickson was officially set to direct Marvel's big screen adaptation of Doctor Strange. I think he's a solid choice, and now I'm curious to see who the studio casts in the lead role. This is a huge deal as we've heard that the studio wants this character to be the next big hub for the Marvel universe just like Tony Stark was, because Stark isn't going to be around forever.
Badass Digest is reporting that Marvel is interested in Jared Leto to take on Stephen Strange. The site says that they "have also heard that Marvel likes (or liked, I don’t know what the current status of this is) Jared Leto for Stephen Strange."
The article then goes on to speculate that the entirety of Phase 3 will be unveiled at San Diego Comic-Con this year, and says to "expect Derrickson - and whoever is playing Strange - to take that [Hall H] stage."
Other actors that have been rumored for the role in the past include Johnny Depp and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Leto recently won an Academy Award for his supporting role in Dallas Buyers Club. It seems like Marvel is looking to hire a young actor to take on this part so that he can grow into it. I won't complain if Leto gets the gig, he's a great actor and I think he'd be able to pull it off. He's got the look and the talent. As of right now this is all just a rumor, and nothing is set in stone, but what would you think about seeing Leto in the role of Strange?