One of the many actors notorious for not giving into the franchise machine is Ryan Gosling, but that may change as three major studios are courting him for three big movies, including Doctor Strange, Suicide Squad and The Secret Life of Houdini.
In the recent past, Ryan Gosling has refused to give into the temptations of a super hero movie, especially one that would require him to sign on for sequels. But the actor may be softening his stance on that, unlike Joaquin Phoenix who walked away from the Doctor Strange role.
The actor is confirmed to have met with Marvel for Doctor Strange, and he has an offer out for Summit's The Secret Life of Houdini, which is now subtitled The Making of America's First Superhero. Sources close to the actor also reveal that he is being aggressively courted for a role in the DC villain ensemble action-adventure Suicide Squad, which could see him appearing for just one movie depending on the direction DC and Warner Bros. decide to take it.
Yesterday, a number of actors names were included on a shortlist for Doctor Strange, including Matthew McConaughey, Jake Gyllenhaal and Oscar Isaac, along with previously-reported candidates Ewan McGregor, Jared Leto and Ethan Hawke. While he wasn't included in yesterday's report, Keanu Reeves is also being mentioned for the role after fielding questions about it in the press.
It is not known when Doctor Strange will go into production, though it currently has a release date of July 8, 2016.
The Secret Life of Houdini was originally set to star Johnny Depp, but he is making Pirates of the Caribbean 5 next. Dean Parisot is directing, and they want to get moving on this adventure movie that reimagines Houdini's secret life soon. They don't have time to wait for Johnny Depp.
David Ayer's Suicide Squad was officially announced today, though the film is in early development. The script is being written, and Warner Bros. is already reaching out to a number of actors that include Will Smith and Margot Robbie, who appear together in the upcoming Focus, and Tom Hardy, who already played Bane in DC's The Dark Knight Rises. Warner Bros. had no comment.
Previously, Ryan Gosling was up for the title role in Green Lantern, but passed because he didn't want to do a sequel. Ryan Reynolds took the job and it flopped. Now the franchise is being rebooted. At one point he was attached to a remake of Logan's Run, but he eventually dropped out as production on the project stalled.