Johnny Depp may be ready to battle pirates, but he might not be up for the mystical arts.
After rumours that Depp was being courted for Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange feature, studio boss Kevin Feige has weighed in on Depp playing the magical hero.
“We’re meeting a lot of people now,” Feige tells IGN.
When he was asked pointblank whether the studio has reached out to Depp to topline what inevitably will be one of the tentpole films in Marvel’s cinematic Phase Three, he said they hadn’t.
“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.”
Last month, Latino Review reported that Depp was keen on joining the Marvel machine. And back in 2008, Neil Gaiman told me that when he was considering making the Strange with Guillermo Del Toro, Depp was one of his first choices.
According to THR, Marvel is considering Jon Aibel and Glenn Berger (Kung Fu Panda) for the screenplay and has four contenders to direct: 50/50′s Jonathan Levine; Brave’s Mark Andrews; A Royal Affair’s Nikolaj Arcel and Welcome to Yesterday’s Dean Israelite. Interesting choices, I’d say.
Thus far, the character has only appeared in cartoons, but he did get his own TV movie in 1978.
Is Marvel making a mistake by not using Depp? Personally, I was excited by the prospect of him joining the Marvel universe. Sound off in the comments.