Joaquin Phoenix has been at the forefront of Marvel’s Dr Strange for months, and just a few days ago he was still considered to be about to sign the contract to play the strange superhero. In fact, even when rumours of Ethan Hawke being considered for the role landed yesterday, it was still thought that Phoenix had already, or was about to sign the contract.
Now those talks have come to an end, and sadly Phoenix has pulled out of negotiations, leaving the role of Dr Strange to someone else.
This is a real shame as Phoenix is an actor of staggering abilities, and takes on challenging roles with passion and incredible skill. It was a huge wildcard to have Phoenix star in a Marvel film, but Dr Strange is no average Marvel film. Scott Derrickson (Sinister, Deliver Us From Evil) is directing, and Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) has worked on the script, so this is set to be another gamble for Marvel like Guardians of the Galaxy, a gamble which is expected to pay off.
Losing Phoenix is a huge blow, but you have to wonder just how he would have adjusted to the Marvel way of life, so maybe it is better for the actors own sanity to walk away.
Now the question is who will play Dr Strange? In Deadline’s report they claim that the rumours that Ethan Hawke is in talks are false. Other names that have been rumoured for the role include Jared Leto and Benedict Cumberbatch, but all we can do right now is speculate until more rumours begin.
Hopefully there will be an update on this film soon.
Marvel Studios is in advanced negotiations to shoot upcoming superhero film Doctor Strange at Pinewood-Shepperton, ScreenDaily understands.
Preparations on the ground are already in motion with crew being assembled for a move into Shepperton in late 2014/early 2015.
A tentative shoot date has been mooted for May 2015 with Marvel having reportedly dated the film’s release for July 8, 2016.
The film is being penned by Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, with Jon Spaihts writing the latest script, 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.