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Sources say Joaquin Phoenix in negotiations to play Doctor Strange

Jul. 25, 2014by:

Looks like Benedict Cumberbatch may have been telling the truth about not being the lead in DOCTOR STRANGE as new sources are contending that Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix is in negotiations to join the Marvel Cinematic Universe. The Wrap contends the deal is not done but cite multiple sources that this rumor is legit.

Phoenix was a rumored contender for the role of Lex Luthor in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE before the role went in a very different direction with the casting of Jesse Eisenberg. Phoenix's name joins the shortlist that includes Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy, Jared Leto, and Jon Hamm. Whether this one will pan out and be true could be answered as soon as tomorrow when Marvel will take to Hall H at Comic Con and likely blow everyone out of the water with announcements that may include new titles we haven't even dreamed of yet.

I like Joaquin Phoenix and considered him an outside the box choice for Luthor. His edge makes him an ideal actor to play a comic book villain. I am not sure if I can see him as Doctor Strange, but I have trust that Marvel knows what they are doing. Stay tuned for more details as this story and others out of SDCC develop.

Source: Deadline

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3:15PM on 07/26/2014

no

after his retiring stunt, he shouldn't be anywhere near a blockbuster. he's like the kanye west of movies.
after his retiring stunt, he shouldn't be anywhere near a blockbuster. he's like the kanye west of movies.
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2:24PM on 07/26/2014
Yesss, perfect demeanour and look.... hopefully he gets the role.
Yesss, perfect demeanour and look.... hopefully he gets the role.
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12:51AM on 07/26/2014
This is cool and all but I don't see Phoenix agreeing to do this. If it was just a one-time deal? Sure. But Marvel will want him to be a team player which he is notoriously not.
This is cool and all but I don't see Phoenix agreeing to do this. If it was just a one-time deal? Sure. But Marvel will want him to be a team player which he is notoriously not.
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12:27AM on 07/26/2014
He's been my #1 choice for Dr. Strange since Marvel started talks of early production. Hope he gets it.
He's been my #1 choice for Dr. Strange since Marvel started talks of early production. Hope he gets it.
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12:08AM on 07/26/2014

Sources say: If this is true, Doctor Strange will be the first Marvel film I will be staying home for.

And you can probably add Ant Man to the list, from the sound of it.
And you can probably add Ant Man to the list, from the sound of it.
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10:44PM on 07/25/2014
My #1 choice! Hells yes!
My #1 choice! Hells yes!
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9:25PM on 07/25/2014
Hmm, no. I like Benedict Cumberbatch or Ethan Hawke better.
Hmm, no. I like Benedict Cumberbatch or Ethan Hawke better.
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7:57PM on 07/25/2014
Some of these comments are so funny. The best one is "He doesn't have the right personality!" He's an actor! His talent is to pretend to be another person and get paid for it.
Some of these comments are so funny. The best one is "He doesn't have the right personality!" He's an actor! His talent is to pretend to be another person and get paid for it.
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8:14AM on 07/26/2014
It's crazy. Like Cumberbatch has the "right personality" WHatever the fuck that means.
It's crazy. Like Cumberbatch has the "right personality" WHatever the fuck that means.
7:31PM on 07/25/2014

I'm calling it now...

Cumberbatch for Dormammu or Mephisto!!
Cumberbatch for Dormammu or Mephisto!!
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7:06PM on 07/25/2014

those eyes

look fucked up; almost cat like. I smell pork.
look fucked up; almost cat like. I smell pork.
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6:14PM on 07/25/2014
Things could get interesting if Strange takes a call from Black Widow. But hey, maybe he can talk to his co-worker Starlord about that.
Things could get interesting if Strange takes a call from Black Widow. But hey, maybe he can talk to his co-worker Starlord about that.
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6:38PM on 07/25/2014
Hilarious.
Hilarious.
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6:03PM on 07/25/2014
I was thinking this would be fantastic from the perspective of adding JP to the Avengers world, but a Dr Strange expert I am not. If I knew what I was talking about, I'd voice it, so I'll just agree with you guys.
I was thinking this would be fantastic from the perspective of adding JP to the Avengers world, but a Dr Strange expert I am not. If I knew what I was talking about, I'd voice it, so I'll just agree with you guys.
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5:26PM on 07/25/2014

Ugh.....

While it's true I can't be neutral because I was a big proponent of Cumberbatch in the role, this is just a terrible idea. Phoenix doesn't have 1/2 the commanding presence needed to pull off the elitest doctor who becomes the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Think about McKellan's Gandolph, then try to imagine Phoenix playing the role and tell me you don't laugh out loud.....

At least go with the very intriguing idea of having Pedro Pascal take the role. He'd be superb (and expand
While it's true I can't be neutral because I was a big proponent of Cumberbatch in the role, this is just a terrible idea. Phoenix doesn't have 1/2 the commanding presence needed to pull off the elitest doctor who becomes the most powerful sorcerer in the world. Think about McKellan's Gandolph, then try to imagine Phoenix playing the role and tell me you don't laugh out loud.....

At least go with the very intriguing idea of having Pedro Pascal take the role. He'd be superb (and expand Marvel's diversity a little). Why do they keep fumbling these decisions??? Phoenix is a fine actor WHO IS WRONG FOR THE ROLE!
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7:54PM on 07/25/2014
When has Marvel fumbled any of their casting? Give me a break guy. They are perfect at it.
When has Marvel fumbled any of their casting? Give me a break guy. They are perfect at it.
2:53PM on 07/26/2014
@Apricot1

Jamie Fox as Electro.
@Apricot1

Jamie Fox as Electro.
5:09PM on 07/25/2014
These Dr. Strange casting rumors have just gotten ridiculous. Joaquin is great, but I am almost convinced that the studio just puts these rumors out there as red herrings now. And then tomorrow they will announce that Dr. Strange is being played by Macauley Culkin. Its time his career has a resurgence, and they can lock him in cheap.
These Dr. Strange casting rumors have just gotten ridiculous. Joaquin is great, but I am almost convinced that the studio just puts these rumors out there as red herrings now. And then tomorrow they will announce that Dr. Strange is being played by Macauley Culkin. Its time his career has a resurgence, and they can lock him in cheap.
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5:01PM on 07/25/2014
No. Just no. He's a good actor but no. I don't want this at all. My personal opinion. I dunno who my ideal Doc Strange would be but it wouldn't be him or Cumberbatch.
No. Just no. He's a good actor but no. I don't want this at all. My personal opinion. I dunno who my ideal Doc Strange would be but it wouldn't be him or Cumberbatch.
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4:45PM on 07/25/2014

They better lock his contract up tight.

This is clearly a non-franchise sort of actor so they better not give him an out until they're ready to.
This is clearly a non-franchise sort of actor so they better not give him an out until they're ready to.
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4:37PM on 07/25/2014
One more day, guys. ONE MORE DAY and we'll know. Let's keep our pants on, here!
One more day, guys. ONE MORE DAY and we'll know. Let's keep our pants on, here!
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4:29PM on 07/25/2014
PLEASE let this be true! He is my personal number one choice for Strange. This would be incredible casting if it turns out to be true.
PLEASE let this be true! He is my personal number one choice for Strange. This would be incredible casting if it turns out to be true.
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5:30PM on 07/25/2014
He'd be a terrible choice. No offense, but he has 100% the wrong personality to play the role. I'm sure he could do a passable job, but why choose mediocre for an important character instead of going with inspired?

Think of McKellan's Gandalph......that's what I want. Phoenix is quiet and intense, which is the OPPOSITE of Dr Strange.
He'd be a terrible choice. No offense, but he has 100% the wrong personality to play the role. I'm sure he could do a passable job, but why choose mediocre for an important character instead of going with inspired?

Think of McKellan's Gandalph......that's what I want. Phoenix is quiet and intense, which is the OPPOSITE of Dr Strange.
5:31PM on 07/25/2014
Oops.....double post......
Oops.....double post......
4:12PM on 07/25/2014
I believe that Marvel is interested. I don't believe that Phoenix is., unless he's got some bills piling up.
I believe that Marvel is interested. I don't believe that Phoenix is., unless he's got some bills piling up.
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4:12PM on 07/25/2014
Noooooooooooo!
Noooooooooooo!
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3:58PM on 07/25/2014
"Swing away, Merrill."
"Swing away, Merrill."
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3:55PM on 07/25/2014
Think this is a smokescreen
Think this is a smokescreen
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3:34PM on 07/25/2014
I have a hard time seeing him make a multi-movie commitment to Marvel. Just doesn't seem like a career choice Phoenix would make. Would be pretty cool though.
I have a hard time seeing him make a multi-movie commitment to Marvel. Just doesn't seem like a career choice Phoenix would make. Would be pretty cool though.
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3:32PM on 07/25/2014

Interesting choice

As long as its not Tom Hardy, I'm good. They need to save him to play Wolverine when Jackman steps down.
As long as its not Tom Hardy, I'm good. They need to save him to play Wolverine when Jackman steps down.
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3:28PM on 07/25/2014
I call bullshit!
I call bullshit!
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3:45PM on 07/25/2014
It really doesn't sound like something he would do.
It really doesn't sound like something he would do.
4:01PM on 07/25/2014
Its probably not bullshit that his name came up, but I doubt he's interested
Its probably not bullshit that his name came up, but I doubt he's interested
3:27PM on 07/25/2014
Does Dr Strange have a cleft lip??? lol jk
Does Dr Strange have a cleft lip??? lol jk
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3:29PM on 07/25/2014
Maybe that's why he has the mustache.
Maybe that's why he has the mustache.
3:24PM on 07/25/2014
YEEEESSSS!!!!!! I love Joaquin Phoenix and I pray to God this is true! It would be awesome!
YEEEESSSS!!!!!! I love Joaquin Phoenix and I pray to God this is true! It would be awesome!
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