Joaquin Phoenix is a superb actor, and never fails to impress me. His role in The Master (above) was utterly mesmerising and so powerful, and while I struggle to imagine such a dangerous actor appearing in a Marvel film, the idea of him playing Dr Strange intrigues me. It could well be one of those wacky ideas that just might work.
There have been rumblings of Phoenix being in talks for the role for a few months now, but according to Collider, the talks have now moved to the final negotiations stage, and in the words of Collider “his contract is essentially at the 1 yard line, about to pass into the endzone”
There are no further details, other than Phoenix seems to be the number one choice for the role. The fact he has been rumoured for this for so long now, and the fact that no one from Phoenix’s camp has denied the rumours, suggests that he may very well be in talks.
Hopefully there will be an official announcement shortly.
The film is being penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer and will be directed by Scott Derrickson.
The comicbook revolved around 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.”
Dr Strange is a former neurosurgeon who, after a car accident, loses the ability to use his hands. After exhausting every option to restore his health, Strange locates “the Ancient One” in the Himalayas who reluctantly teaches him the mystic arts. In comics, Doctor Stephen Strange is the “sorcerer supreme” of the Marvel Universe. As such, he is the gateway to an aspect of Marvel comics stories that hasn’t really been explored on film in the current set of Marvel movies.