Who will be the Sorcerer Supreme? I feel like of all of the Phase 3 Marvel roles, Doctor Strange one might be the trickiest for Marvel to cast – and from the sounds of it, they’re taking their time before nailing down the actor who’ll be wearing the cape and doing all of the funny hand gestures at things from other dimensions.
The role is currently out to the usual crop of not-busy white actors of a certain age, with the usual suspects like Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch’s names getting thrown around. But those two are incredibly busy and even more expensive, which makes them more wish list candidates than anything else.
Then there’s someone like Boardwalk Empire‘s Jack Huston. According to a report from Empire, the actor, who played the masked hitman Richard Harrow in the HBO Prohibition drama, is getting the eye from Marvel Studios for director Scott Derrickson’s Doctor Strange.
If true, the choice would make sense: Huston’s a skilled actor and gave a guy with half a face and a frog’s voice the deepest well of gravitas in Boardwalk Empire. Hell, Richard’s exit from that series is one of the most poignant in what’s an otherwise pretty cynical series. And if Marvel has proven anything, it’s that their movies are at their best when they let their performers enjoy some of those big, sloppy emotions (see Cap’s final scene with Peggy at the end of The First Avenger or anything involving Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy).
Huston just landed a role in Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and you can see him in the art world drama Posthumous from director Lulu Wang.