Ryan Gosling really doesn’t do big studio flicks, but he has a baby and eventual alimony and child support payments now, so he’s been reportedly fielding offers from both Marvel and D.C. to be a A-list tentpole for what will eventually be a dumb film adaption of a colored pencil drawing.
In recent weeks, the 33-year-old actor has met with Marvel Studios to discuss starring in the title role in Doctor Strange, and he is fielding an offer to topline Summit’s adaptation of The Secret Life of Houdini: The Making of America’s First Superhero. Sources also say he is being courted to star in Suicide Squad, David Ayer’s take on the DC Comics supervillain team at Warner Bros. Marvel has been casting a wide net for Strange ever since talks with Joaquin Phoenix broke down. Sources say that Jared Leto and Justin Theroux have been chasing the role, while Ethan Hawke’s name also has surfaced as has Keanu Reeves. It is unclear when the movie would go into production but Marvel has staked out a July 8, 2016 release dates. Houdini, with Dean Parisot attached to direct, was to have starred Johnny Depp but the actor will be sailing with a new installment of Pirates of the Caribbean for almost half of 2015. Summit ideally would like to get going before that. Ayer’s Suicide Squad is still in early development and the script is being worked on. But that is not stopping the filmmaker and the studio from making overtures for what is to be an A-list ensemble piece filled with colorful anti-heroes. Sources say that Will Smith, Margot Robbie and Tom Hardy also are fielding offers. Warners had no comment.
Let’s me honest here. I’ve sex with women who were less attractive than Ryan Gosling. He’s handsome. We all get that. But I hope he’s in a mask the entire time, because if he has to emote any kind of human feelings or be in a scene where the direction doesn’t include “stare at this longingly”, I’m afraid they might want to recast because every character he plays has autism. I think in Only God Forgives he got paid $4M or $1M a word.