'Doctor Strange' Cast: Keanu Reeves Down To Play Main Role & Likes Idea Of What The Movie Is Trying To Do, Wary Of Marvel Contract [VIDEO]
With speculation running wild as to who will take over the role of Doctor Strange for Marvel, a few names have come up and disappeared, but no concrete rumors have surfaced since Joaquin Phoenix turned the role down. But it seems like a former blockbuster franchise star may look at giving the role a chance if given it.
Keanu Reeves talked with Collider on Saturday about his upcoming movie, John Wick, and they asked him how he felt about superhero movies in general and the idea of him playing Doctor Strange.
"From a practical standpoint the idea of a longtime contract is sort of 'errr' because you want to make sure the material is up to a certain level. Like the good or great level. I like the idea. I go to those kinds of movies," he said.
"I grew up on them and comics and graphic novels. [But] I didn't know Doctor Strange as a character, I didn't read that as a kid. I'm gonna have to read it. I remember reading something... who's going to play Doctor Strange? Would I be good for the role?"
Reeves seems to be a comic book fan, but is not familiar with Steven Strange. That isn't something that should hurt him, but the hesitance towards the long-term contract could. Marvel is keen on locking down their main actors to six-picture deals so they don't have to worry about the random re-casting of a star.
He also has a relationship with director Scott Derrickson, who worked with Reeves on The Day The Earth Stood Still, and would maybe be interested in bringing the actor in, but that goes as far as the Ethan Hawke rumor from last week.
Doctor Strange is set to open in theaters in July 2017.