12:05pm PT by Graeme McMillan
Keanu Reeves on Marvel's 'Doctor Strange' Rumors: "Would I Be Good at That?"
Since Joaquin Phoenix dropped out of negotiations for the lead role in Marvel’s Doctor Strange, rumors have started to circulate that Keanu Reeves could end up as the Sorcerer Supreme. In a recent interview, he appeared open to the idea, asking the interviewer “Would I be good at that? Would I be right for the role?”
Talking to Collider to promote the upcoming John Wick, Reeves said that, in theory, he’s open to the idea. “I go to those kinds of movies, I like superhero movies. I grew up on them and comics and graphic novels, and the movies,” he said, although he added “I didn’t know Doctor Strange as a character, I didn’t read that as a kid,” before asking if he’d make a good Stephen Strange in the project, currently being developed with director Scott Derrickson.
One concern he did express was the quality of the material, however. “From a practical standpoint, the idea of a longtime contract [like the famed long-term Marvel deals] is sort of ‘errr’ because you want to make sure the material is up to a certain level, like the good or great level,” Reeves said. “I think with [superhero movies], you need the material, you need the director who you think can deliver a vision. You don’t want to do it for doing it, you know? You want to try and make sure it’s doing something.”
Officially unannounced by Marvel, Doctor Strange is expected to shoot in the U.K. next year for a 2016 release. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige has called the film “very, very important” to the studio, saying that he expects it to “open up a whole other side of storytelling for our movies.”