From: DarkHorizons: Latino Review, which usually has a great track record on Marvel casting scoops, says they know whom Marvel Studios want to play “Doctor Strange”. According to trusted sources, “Inception” and “The Dark Knight Rises” star Joseph Gordon-Levitt is wanted to star, although the site warns that no talks have gotten underway. According to them “Marvel execs internally are discussing that Levitt is who they figure would be ideal”. In the current draft of the script by Oppenheimer and Donnelly, the character is said to be in his early thirties, making 32-year-old JGL spot on.
Marvel.com’s description of Doctor Strange: Born in 1930, Stephen Strange was the eldest child of Eugene and Beverly Strange, then vacationing in Philadelphia. Two years later, Stephen’s sister Donna was born at the family’s Nebraska farm. At age eight, Strange was beset by demons controlled by apprentice sorcerer Karl Mordo, but was rescued by Mordo’s mentor, the Ancient One, a millennia-old sorcerer who protected the Earth dimension as its Sorcerer Supreme, a role Strange was destined to inherit. At age eleven, a year or two after his brother Victor’s birth, Strange aided an injured Donna, the experience inspiring him to pursue a medical career.
After high school, Strange entered pre-med at a New York college. Later, home on vacation for his nineteenth birthday, Strange went swimming with Donna, who suffered a cramp and drowned. Finding her body after a desperate search, Strange felt a sense of personal failure that eroded his medical idealism. After earning his medical degree in record time, he entered a five-year residency at New York Hospital, where his rapid success made him arrogant. When his mother Beverly died near the end of his residency, a bereaved Strange grew distant from his work. His talent was unaffected, though, and he became a wealthy, celebrated neurosurgeon before he turned thirty. His egotism made him cold and callous, interested only in high fees. He saved the life of injured United Nations translator, Madeleine Revell; following a romance and proposal, she left him due to his increasingly materialist nature. Two years after Beverly’s death, her husband Eugene fell ill; unable to face another family death, Stephen refused to visit his deathbed. A few days later, an outraged Victor berated Stephen for his apparent lack of grief, then rushed from Strange’s apartment into the path of an oncoming car. Blaming himself, Strange placed Victor’s body in cold storage, half-hoping that future breakthroughs could revive him.
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