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The Marvelverse is becoming more and more star-studded, especially if it's true that Johnny Depp is in talk with the comic book company to play Doctor Strange on the big screen.

Marvel announced a year ago that the character — a neuroscientist and Earth-protecting "Sorcerer Supreme" — would be a part of Phase Three of its Cinematic Universe, a wave of superhero movies that kicks off in 2015.

And now, the 50-year-old actor is reportedly in talks with Marvel Studios — which is now owned by Disney — to take the lead role.

"A well-connected source informed me tonight that Johnny Depp has taken a meeting with Marvel to discuss taking on the role of Dr. Strange," wrote Mario-Francisco Robles of Latino Review early this morning, January 14.

But Johnny has a busy production schedule — especially with two high-profile Disney sequels on the slate: the recently-announced Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and Alice in Wonderland: Into the Looking Glass.

Johnny seems perfectly fit to play a character named "Strange," considering the other off-kilter roles on his filmography: an anachronistic vampire in Dark Shadows, a demon barber in Sweeney Todd, and an eccentric candymaker in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory… and, of course, a certain Mad Hatter and our favorite swashbuckling buccaneer.

Source: Latino Review

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