Keanu Reeves is no stranger to the comic book world. Not only was The Matrix greatly inspired by comic books (just ask Grant Morrison), it also greatly inspired a number of comic book movies, particularly Bryan Singer’s X-Men and Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man. And then, of course, Reeves played the titular character in the 2005 film Constantine, based on DC Comics’ Hellblazer.Presently, Marvel Comics is developing a Doctor Strange movie from director Scott Derrickson (Sinister), and while they were hoping to cast Joaquin Phoenix in the lead role, those plans recently fell through. So who might Marvel look to cast instead of Phoenix? We already created a list of five suggestions, one of whom was Keanu Reeves himself.
Yesterday, we had the opportunity to chat with Reeves during the John Wick NYC press junket and the topic of Doctor Strange came up. Find out what he said below:
Screen Rant: Our website came up with a list of actors we want to see play Doctor Strange, and your name was right at the top of the list.
SR: If Marvel came calling, would you be interested?
Yeah – you know, I don’t know a lot about Doctor Strange.
SR: He’s magic, man.
SR: He’s the Sorcerer Supreme.
The Sorcerer Supreme?
SR: You should look into it.
After this, I’m going to go check it out, because I heard about that. So I can’t speak knowledgeably about ‘Doctor Strange.’ But would I be good for the guy?
SR: You would, I think you’d be great. You’d be perfect.
Cool. Well, I’ve gotta check it out. Because I like that kind of stuff.
SR: So – superheroes in general? You’d be interested in another comic book movie, perhaps?
Yeah, I mean, to me, I love that – I think ‘John Wick’ falls into this in a sense, the world creation. I like those movies. I go to those movies. I grew up on those movies. I like acting in those movies. You get to do fun, cool **** and entertain. I love all that.
What do you think, Screen Ranters? Would you be down to see Keanu Reeves as Doctor Stephen Strange? Drop us a line in the comments.
Doctor Strange will hit theaters July 8th, 2016. John Wick hits theaters October 24th, 2014.
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