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Rumor is the currency of the internet; especially true given that the value of those rumors can fluctuate wildly at a moment's notice. The big rumor for today revolves around Marvel's long-gestating Dr. Strange movie. Dr. Strange, in comic canon, is a neurosurgeon-turned-sorcerer tasked with protecting Earth from magical and mystical threats. According to C.H.U.D., and what they refer to as a "trusted industry source," Marvel is very interested in Justin Theroux ('Your Highness') for the role. Apparently, they are so keen on Theroux that he may even be writing the script in addition to headlining the cast. The source is uncertain however as to whether Theroux is the only name in contention. As of right now, Dr. Strange is looking to be a part of Marvel's Phase 3 releases, which would start rolling out after 'The Avengers 2.'
As always, with internet rumors, we must take this with a grain of salt. In doing so, we are not casting aspersions upon the outlet or the source, but so many things can happen between now and Phase 3 that we must always hold out for concrete confirmation from the studio. That being said, playing the hypothetical game, I think this would be another in a long line of fascinating personnel decisions from Marvel. Theroux is a fantastically funny guy, and has appeared in everything from 'Zoolander' to 'Parks and Recreation.' It's not just a matter of comedic chops however, he is a strong performer and I have no doubt that he can effectively inhabit this character. Plus, he's definitely got the right look to play Stephen Strange. He's also had plenty of experience writing screenplays for big studio movies, and though the quality of those films varies pretty intensely, he was one of the brains behind 'Tropic Thunder,' which I thought was outstanding. He also wrote the script for 'Iron Man 2,' so he has a relationship with Marvel Studios already. It's not often that the star of a superhero movie also pens the screenplay, one wonders how that might be of benefit.
What do you guys think? Do you like Theroux for Dr. Strange? Do you see a benefit in allowing the star of a Marvel superhero movie to also write the screenplay?