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Marvel’s been meaning to get around to a Doctor Strange movie for years, but in recent months the talk has really intensified. Kevin Feige confirmed that the Sorcerer Supreme would finally get his standalone in Phase Three of the Cinematic Universe, and a new rumor about a potential star, director, or storyline seems to crop up every few weeks.

Today, the latest (unconfirmed) word is that Marvel’s already got their eye on a leading man. The studio reportedly wants Joseph Gordon-Levitt to play Doc Strange, though there’s still a pretty wide chasm between “wants” and “has struck a deal with.” More about the possible casting after the jump.

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Doctor Strange

Doctor Strange has been hovering near the top of Marvel’s to-do list for years, but there still hasn’t been a whole lot of visible movement on it. While Kevin Feige has said that he “definitely” wants to include the Sorcerer Supreme in Phase Three of the Cinematic Universe, the studio has yet to officially announce the project, let alone a release date, director, or star.

But a few years ago, they did get the wheels turning by hiring Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer to pen the first draft of the script. And now the details of that screenplay are supposedly starting to leak out. Not surprisingly, it’s an origin story. Get the latest rumors on the story after the jump.

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Doctor Strange, the most powerful mystic among the Marvel characters, has been high on Marvel Studio’s list of possible new characters to anchor a film. But at this point there’s no official announcement that the project will actually happen. At least one script has been commissioned, however, by Thomas Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, and while we wait to see whether or not Marvel will give it a thumbs-up, we can talk about who might be involved in the story.

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Now, after the release of Iron Man 3, Downey has no contract with Marvel. In fact, a few actors have no contract to appear in The Avengers 2, and after the billion-dollar-plus success of the first film, bringing them back together won’t be cheap. Marvel likes cheap, and so actors have begun to master the art of negotiating in public by letting us know that there’s a chance Marvel will make films without them. How’s that going to work out?

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Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe will begin playing out in theaters next month, but meanwhile the studio is already getting their plans in place for Phase Three. Earlier this year, Kevin Feige confirmed that Doctor Strange would “definitely” be involved in the next stage of the Marvel franchise. No director or star has been announced just yet, but rumors about who might fill those roles are starting to spring up.

According to a new report, actor/writer Justin Theroux is being eyed for the Doctor Strange role, and may even be working on the script already. Meanwhile, Evil Dead remake helmer Fede Alvarez is said to have met with Marvel Studios to discuss the Doctor Strange directing gig. Alvarez himself denies it, but it’s not like we’ve never seen a filmmaker lie about this kind of thing before. Hit the jump to keep reading.

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