Who will direct Doctor Strange? Last week, we heard that Jonathan Levine (Warm Bodies), Mark Andrews (Brave), Nikolaj Arcel (A Royal Affair) and Dean Israelite (Welcome to Yesterday) were all in contention. Today, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige reveals that isn't quite accurate. While he does confirm Marvel and Disney are currently on the hunt for someone to helm this upcoming superhero adventure, none of the names mentioned were close to signing on, and some may not be in the running at all.
"Well, that article was true that we're meeting a lot of people now. That article was not true about who we're meeting or what level anybody is. But we're actively looking. We always look at a wide range of people with a wide range of backgrounds. There's only one criteria: do something that we think is really cool. [Laughs] That's about it."
There was also another rumor from last month that Johnny Depp was being eyed for the title role. When asked about possible choice for casting, Kevin Feige wouldn't confirm or deny that Depp was in contention, but he did reveal that they aren't necessarily looking for a major movie star to inhabit the odd duck character.
"When you have a project that's been around as long as Doctor Strange, there is sometimes, 'Oh, I've met with Stan about this! Or I did that! So Strange is one of those projects that predates me by a long shot. Obviously, the character does, but even in its cinematic brewing. So there's a lot of things that have happened before me, and I've been here 14 years. So that's a long time ago. I don't know if that happened then. You know, I would say that we're pretty transparent, right? Doctor Strange would be our -- well, depending on when we make it, it could be our 13th, 14th, 15th movie, right? I think if you're looking to track our decision-making and how we've done things, we have a pretty wide track record now where you can sort of see. So, no, a movie star is not required, but that doesn't mean a movie star wouldn't be great. It just depends."
The producer was also asked about the reactions to NEO8Js5WZTe7SQlast week's Guardians of the Galaxy trailer, revealing that the studio is glad the fans are embracing this group of characters.
"Well, I was very pleased with it, because it's still early days for us, as the movie is coalescing and formulating itself in the cutting room, but there are a few things that we would be locked into: the cast, their looks, our use of music and our very unique tone. The fact that that's what that teaser is about and that's what people are embracing, there are a lot of happy people in the offices, that people are into this."
Marvel just released their Phase Two sequel Thor: The Dark World on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD today. You can CLICK HERE to check out our report from last night's screening of Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King, which included a Q&A session with Kevin Feige, Ben Kingsley and Drew Pearce.