When it comes to casting "Doctor Strange," Marvel doesn't just want someone to say "yes." They want someone to say "alright, alright, alright."
With Joaquin Phoenix no longer in the running to play Marvel's Sorcerer Supreme, the search is on for a new leading man to become the magically-powered superhero. Variety reports a bunch of high-profile names in the mix, most notably Oscar-winning actor and man-of-the-moment Matthew McConaughey.
"It's unclear whether the 'Interstellar' actor could even take on Doctor Strange given his busy schedule," Variety reports, "but Marvel believes that, after drawing interest from Phoenix, the studio can get anyone in the room and execs want a star for the part."
McConaughey is the biggest name in the running for Stephen Strange, but there are other A-listers supposedly on the docket as well, including McConaughey's fellow "Dallas Buyers Club" Oscar winner Jared Leto. Others include Jake Gyllenhaal, Ethan Hawke and Ewan McGregor, the last of whom's potential involvement was first reported by Badass Digest.
"The actor has a total of nine films currently in development and hasn't starred in a major tentpole since his days playing young Obi-Wan in the 'Star Wars' prequels," Variety writes of McGregor. "But as BadAss Digest previously reported, he's expected to meet for the role and could have a few more tricks up his sleeve."
One last "Strange" contender: Oscar Isaac, the star of "Inside Llewyn Davis," and one of the main cast members of the upcoming "Star Wars" reboot. As a known quantity at Disney, Isaac could have a leg up over his competitors — except that Marvel apparently wants "a star," and while he's extremely talented, Isaac isn't a name just yet. Still, on looks and talent alone, it's hard to argue his worthiness to play the Sorcerer Supreme.
"Doctor Strange" hits theaters on July 8, 2016.