UPDATE: Joaquin Phoenix In Talks To Play DOCTOR STRANGE For Marvel And Scott Derrickson

He came close to playing Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder's Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, but Marvel are now said to be in talks with Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix for the lead role in the Scott Derrickson helmed Doctor Strange. Hit the jump for details!

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By Josh Wilding - 7/25/2014

Marvel Studios are sure to have plenty of big announcements in mind for us at their panel tomorrow, and one of them could potentially be confirmation of this very story as they narrow in on their choice for Doctor Strange! The Wrap reveals that Gladiator and Her star Joaquin Phoenix "has been mentioned most often for the coveted superhero role" and "while insiders caution there is no deal in place yet, multiple sources say Phoenix is in consideration and has had discussions." If it seems surprising that the actor - who shied away from playing Lex Luthor in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice - then you obviously don't know Marvel all that well as they're known for making unconventional casting choices and signing up actors you would never expect to see in this type of movie! This isn't confirmed of course and should be viewed as a rumour for the time being, but the site adds that scheduling issues will likely make it impossible for Benedict Cumberbatch or Tom Hardy to play Doctor Strange, while Jared Leto is said to be keen on directing next and Justin Theroux is busy with The Leftovers on HBO. What do you guys think? 

UPDATE: The plot thickens as The Playlist have spotted something very interesting...

Source: The Wrap
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KurtWagner1225 - 7/25/2014, 11:03 AM
TChalla - 7/25/2014, 11:03 AM
Cool! It's not even Saturday yet!
KurtWagner1225 - 7/25/2014, 11:04 AM
i know Feige said in an interview for Guardians that there are contracts being finalized for Doctor Strange and other projects and if they are done soon..they will be announced on saturday
TheRationalNerd - 7/25/2014, 11:07 AM
Wow, great actor! Let's see where this goes...
KurtWagner1225 - 7/25/2014, 11:08 AM
he is a real good actor and he is the right age for it..he is 39
Reasonnnn - 7/25/2014, 11:09 AM
Make mine Marvel.

KurtWagner1225 - 7/25/2014, 11:09 AM
also i think we got that Ruffalo was in talks for Hulk before the comic con panel too so maybe
BigMikeReviews - 7/25/2014, 11:10 AM
MrBlackjack - 7/25/2014, 11:11 AM
I'd be down for this!
TheFirstAvenger97 - 7/25/2014, 11:11 AM
Not a bad choice.
akidnamedcesar - 7/25/2014, 11:11 AM
Gusto - 7/25/2014, 11:11 AM
Damnit. I was pullin' for Adam Sandler.
sKeemAn - 7/25/2014, 11:12 AM
Whoa! thats huge. Great actor.

yossarian - 7/25/2014, 11:12 AM
@BigMike - SuperArgo could have answered that for you.

I doubt this happens.
Objectivelybiased - 7/25/2014, 11:13 AM
Misdirection or talks with the revealed shortlist actors all fell through and this is a last ditch effort to finalize before saturday. But I am going to go with misdirection so Benedict is not SO obvious when they announce him.
dio - 7/25/2014, 11:13 AM
This would be cool and somehow obvious yet not talked about in the million [frick]in fancasts this sites users do. ; P
SniktBub - 7/25/2014, 11:13 AM
This would be awesome. I wish he was Lex, but this is good nevertheless
dio - 7/25/2014, 11:14 AM
@Skeeman...did Jay-Z attach a shute to her before throwing her outta the plane?
KurtWagner1225 - 7/25/2014, 11:14 AM
dammit..i was hoping that Marvel would get Pedro Pascal for the role(unlikely i know) but i could be down for this too
dio - 7/25/2014, 11:15 AM
Wonder if Marvel starts having artists draw a hair lip on the Doc now?
Omarvls - 7/25/2014, 11:15 AM
He would of been a great Lex Luther
But Dr Strange?

Nubase - 7/25/2014, 11:15 AM
Marvel need a charasmatic actor to play strange like RDJ for iron man, Phoenix is a unique actor, if marvel pays him a lot of money he will take it, he will not sign up to a major franchaise for pennys, he will just say look at how much RDJ is making, l want that..thats what l would say if l was him cos phoenix is a top rated actor
Reasonnnn - 7/25/2014, 11:16 AM
@Omarvis He's one of the finest actors of our generation. Even a phoned-in performance is better than most.
GuardianAngel - 7/25/2014, 11:16 AM
LubedUp - 7/25/2014, 11:16 AM
Mmm not a fan, but better than Cucumberbatch
Brainiac13 - 7/25/2014, 11:17 AM
I wanted him as LL but......I'm cool with this..
dio - 7/25/2014, 11:17 AM
It's a shame his faux meltdown was taken seriously by Hollywood.
UrichLeeds - 7/25/2014, 11:17 AM
I highly doubt Phoenix will sign on (they offered him Banner before and he turned it down). But alas, stranger things have happened.
KingOnslaught - 7/25/2014, 11:18 AM
MrCBM - 7/25/2014, 11:18 AM
Let's not rule shia labeouf out
Brainiac13 - 7/25/2014, 11:18 AM
Better Actor than Cumberbatch
yossarian - 7/25/2014, 11:18 AM
I heard they already cast Burt Reynolds.
TheAbaryMan369 - 7/25/2014, 11:18 AM
Oh shit!
Omarvls - 7/25/2014, 11:19 AM


I can totally see it now

Starfox - 7/25/2014, 11:19 AM
Wow that's actually Amazing casting if true.
DrunkenNukem - 7/25/2014, 11:20 AM
He kinda looks the part...and stop it with the Cumberbatch fancast!..aint gonna happen!..and he doesn´t even look like S. Strange!
Brainiac13 - 7/25/2014, 11:20 AM
Three-time Oscar nominee
MrCBM - 7/25/2014, 11:20 AM
@Yoss I heard Tom Selleck.
DylanTBest - 7/25/2014, 11:20 AM
I thought he said he was uninterested in doing comic book movies when he was rumored for Lex Luthor? I doubt he will get the role, but he is in my list of top 5 people I would have wanted to play him, so I wouldn't be disappointed if he gets it.
FastFlames - 7/25/2014, 11:20 AM
Ho Lee Phuck
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