Joaquin Phoenix is out and Ewan McGregor is in, let the “Doctor Strange” rumors begin.
According to Badass Digest, they have a source telling them that “Star Wars” Actor Ewan McGregor is in the running to play “Doctor Strange.” While it is worth reporting, we’ve definitely seen first hand how these reports can go until there is official word.
Yesterday a new source contacted me and said that Ewan McGregor had been prepping for the role – doing the usual research actors do when looking at taking on an adaptation or existing character. I contacted one of my usual sources and asked if this was true, and I was told “They’re looking at him.”
I know some fans may be in an uproar, but I like the idea of Ewan McGregor playing “Doctor Strange.” He’s proven himself as a versatile actor and he’s definitely got experience as a man with superhuman powers. Cross some “Star Wars” Jedi mind powers with a little bit of “Trainspotting” craziness and we pretty much have a unique version of “Doctor Strange.”
So the flipside of Ewan McGregor as “Doctor Strange” is the effect it could have on “Star Wars.” Ewan McGregor has been recently rumored to star in a series of Obi-Wan spinoff films so having two iconic characters being played by the same actor could be a conflict for some audiences. Iconic characters have been portrayed by the same actor before but it takes a lot to achieve audience acceptance.