Marvel Boss Stamps Out Johnny Depp Speculation
Kevin Feige pours cold water on rumours that Johnny Depp is being lined-up to play superhero...
Marvel Studios' creative supremo Kevin Feige has spoken out to deny reports that Johnny Depp is in talks to play Doctor Strange.
The movie exec told IGN that Depp has not been lined-up to play Stephen Strange - and also dismissed rumours that Marvel has approached four directors regarding the project.
He said: "Well, that article was true that we're meeting a lot of people now. That article was not true about who we're meeting or what level anybody is. But we're actively looking."
And when asked about the Depp rumours, he responded: "No, no. When you have a project that's been around as long as Doctor Strange, there is sometimes, 'Oh, I've met with Stan [Lee] about this', or, 'I did that'.
"So Strange is one of those projects that predates me by a long shot. Obviously the character does, but even in its cinematic brewing. So there's a lot of things that have happened before me, and I've been here 14 years."
And he went on to emphasise that the Doctor Strange movie might not need a star of Depp's calibre.
"You know, I would say that we're pretty transparent, right? Doctor Strange would be our - well, depending on when we make it - it could be our 13th, 14th, 15th movie, right?
"I think if you're looking to track our decision-making and how we've done things, we have a pretty wide track record now where you can sort of see. So, no, a movie star is not required, but that doesn't mean a movie star wouldn't be great. It just depends."