Joaquin Phoenix In Talks to Play Marvel’s ‘Doctor Strange’

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Joaquin Phoenix is in early talks to star in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” sources confirm.

Deal is far from complete but insiders confirm that Phoenix is strongly considering the superhero role, which had previously been linked to Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy.

Scott Derrickson is directing with Jon Spaihts currently rewriting the script.

The pic will be produced by Marvel chief Kevin Feige and could be featured at Saturday’s Comic-Con presentation in San Diego, which is already expected to include the cast of “The Avengers.”

Executive producers on “Doctor Strange” are Louis D’Esposito, Victoria Alonso, Alan Fine, Stan Lee and Stephen Broussard.

The comicbook follows a former neurosurgeon who serves as the “Sorcerer Supreme” — the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Strange made his first appearance in the 1963 comicbook series “Strange Tales” and would go on to have his own comicbook series and would appear in several other comicbooks that included “The Fantastic Four,” “Spider-Man” and “Nick Fury.”

Marvel has teased Doctor Strange in several pics including “Thor” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier.”

Phoenix can be seen next in Paul Thomas Anderson’s “Inherent Vice.” He is repped by WME.

Marvel had no comment. The Wrap first reported the news.

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  1. Hmmm, Joaquin Phoenix is good, although they might go for someone a bit younger, but with the same appeal as Errol Flynn. The one that comes to mind on that is Kit Harrington.

  2. Vern Sperry says:

    The story about Joaquin Phoenix playing Dr strange is not good fit the actor who should play Dr strange is Don Diamont who plays Bill Spencer on Bold and Beautiful. He looks like Dr Strange and his erogance on the bold would make him a perfect fit.

  3. Anna says:

    Wes Bentley for Strange

  4. big daddy D says:


  5. WOWza says:

    Was really hoping for Luke Evans to do this. Fits the mold of actors that have taken parts as Marvel Characters. Actors that are just on the edges of stardom. I think the only exceptions being Johansen Jackson and Downey who were legit stars before their roles.

  6. jake says:

    Happy for Phoenix! So tired of that Cumbatch dude being in everything.

  7. Tojo says:

    Thank God it’s not cumberbatch. He would be a terrible casting. Loved the idea of Phoenix. He’s a much better actor than that cumby kid.

  8. Sir Leonardo Ramirez says:

    Everybody and their dog was wanting Cumberbatch. This makes more sense.

  9. helen says:

    Well that’s disappointing. I was hoping for Cumberbatch. A bit silly of Marvel to wait so long to cast. If they’d spoken to Cumberbatch before he moved his Hamlet to 2015 (so he could play Richard III this year) maybe they could have come to some agreement on dates. The heavy promotion Joaquin will need to do for Doctor Strange is going to bore him rigid. He’s so uncomfortable in interviews.

  10. LOL says:

    Don’t do it, Joaquin. Superhero crap is beneath you.

    • Reader says:

      I tend to agree w/ LOL…but Joaquin – if he indeed stars in this – will bring the same level of intelligence and integrity that Ledger bestowed on Dark Knight. Could be interesting.

  11. Paul lane says:

    Did Cumberbatch turn them down?

  12. nerdrage says:

    Considering that the announcement is tomorrow, I think the timing of this “rumor” is a defacto confirmation. Joaquin Phoenix is Doctor Strange. Love it! I’d have liked Jared Leto but this is even better.

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