Joaquin Phoenix in Consideration to Lead Marvel's 'Doctor Strange'

July 25, 2014

Doctor Strange / Joaquin Phoenix

Everyone is eagerly awaiting the Marvel panel this Saturday at Comic-Con, but it sounds like some news might be leaking a little early. The Wrap reports that Walk the Line and The Master star Joaquin Phoenix has been mentioned over and over again for the role and that the actor is currently in consideration and may already be in discussion for the film. He was once wanted for a role in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, specifically the role of Lex Luthor, so it seems like he's keen to take on a comic book role of some sort, and a character like Doctor Strange seems like a perfect fit for the gifted and sometimes odd actor.

Lending some credence to this report is this tweet pointed out by The Wrap:

Phoenix would be a huge get for Marvel, mostly because of his sterling Academy Award record in recent years with amazing turns in Her, Walk the Line and The Master. Interestingly enough, he's also already worked with Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo and even Josh Brolin, who will play Thanos in Guardians of the Galaxy and future Marvel films. But is there potential that Benedict Cumberbatch could end up with the role? He's here at the convention after all, but also mentioned that a deal didn't get worked out. Of course, this is Marvel, so he could be playing coy. Stay tuned to see what happens.

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  • Xerxexx
    Oh please let it be true! PLEASE!!!!!!!
    • Uuuhhhh...yeah. Let's make this happen. This NEEDS to happen. Returning to my Dogfish Head 90 minute IPA.
      • Xerxexx
  • Paul K.
    That would be incredibly awesome.
  • nerdrrage
    With this left-field announcement (okay rumor, but you know it was leaked deliberately) coming the day before the panel, I have a strong hunch Joaquin Phoenix has got the part. No sense in rumor-mongering otherwise.
  • izakkson
    I'm still hoping for Jared Leto but I'd be more than happy if this was true!
  • Krishna Shenoi
    But would he stick around for the inevitable string of sequels? And is that a good thing for his career?
    • Bl00dwerK
      Good point. Not sure he seems like the type who would...
  • Fidel Reyes
    This would be "magical", anyways I think he is great for the role.
  • dan
    is it just me or would the guy that plays Sheldon on big bang theory make a kick-ass lex luthor?
  • Chris Groves
    I think I remember hearing back in the day that he was in the running for Bruce Banner. I wouldn't complain about this choice. Jared Leto would also be a good one.
    OMG! That would such a great get. Please make it happen Marvel.
  • Clarence Walton
    Perfect choice!




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