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Joaquin Phoenix In Early Talks For Doctor Strange
He could be the Sorcerer Supreme

25 July 2014  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Wrap

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Since Scott Derrickson was confirmed as director, the big question swirling around Marvel’s adaption of Doctor Strange is who will play the Sorcerer Supreme. The question may now have an answer, with The Wrap reporting that Joaquin Phoenix is in early talks about the role.

Despite rumours swirling around such notable names as Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Justin Theroux and Jared Leto, it would appear that Phoenix is closer than anyone to making a deal. That said, there has been no official confirmation and even the site’s sources have specified that there’s no contract in place just yet. Phoenix also seems a surprising choice given his apparent reluctance to take on blockbuster roles in recent years and Marvel’s reputation for having actors sign multi-role contracts.

The character of Doctor Strange was originally conjured from the brains of Stan Lee and art genius Steve Ditko, and began life as a selfish New York surgeon (named Stephen Strange) who loses his professional skills in a car crash. After falling on hard times, he visits a healer in the Himalayas known as The Ancient One, and learns to tap into psychic powers. In recognition of his selfless efforts to thwart evil fellow disciple Baron Mordo, he’s taught the mystical arts and sets out to defeat other shady sorcerers and various villains.

Strange’s film is expected to be one of the movies recently announced by Marvel for its bumper crop of release dates; the confirmation – with or without Phoenix – should come tomorrow at the company’s San Diego Comic-Con panel.


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Your Comments

Cant think of a worse choice for a franchise player...
Great actor but suited to a multi-film character Pheonix is not. Plus is he charming/sardonic enough to play Strange?. John Hamm all the way if you ask me, funny, great actor, handsome, but can do serious. An actor you could build a team around and him not get artistic pangs of guilt for working in Hollywood. More

Posted by spideed2 at 09:23 on 28 July 2014 | Report This Post

Hmmm
Very big fan of Joaquin, but not sure I can see him as Strange. I was very dismissive of Joseph Fiennes when he was being suggested but after AHS: Asylum, I had a big change of heart. I also think Cumberbatch would be brilliant, if a little young. Whoever they end up casting, I hope it ends up being a great film - he's one of my favourite characters and it's a very difficult story to do well on the big screen. More

Posted by Knight of Fury at 15:05 on 27 July 2014 | Report This Post

Patrick Wilson
Patrick Wilson would be a much better choice, fortunately he's just dropped out of the Ant Man film. More

Posted by Andyball27 at 11:52 on 26 July 2014 | Report This Post

Meh!
Not a great choice but I'm struggling to think of anyone at all. More

Posted by steveg66 at 09:21 on 26 July 2014 | Report This Post

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