Too bad, so sad. Our hope for Joaquin Phoenix to become Doctor Strange was so high that when Deadline confirmed that he will not be part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the world came crashing down on us.

Lesson learnt. Always expect the unexpected.

Joaquin Phoenix


Best known for his role as Commodus in the 2000 historical epic film “Gladiator”, award-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix was earlier rumoured to play Dr Stephen Strange. However, various new sites reported that Marvel Studios wasn’t able to lock him down as the titular role but also claimed that the actor did enter final talks for the role.

Despite his talent in acting, many argued that the actor is unlikely to sign on a long-term deal with Marvel. Furthermore, he’s not the type who would start making appearances at Comic-Con. Thus, negotiations failed and the casting for the film is back to square one.

Despite their busy schedules, earlier speculations suggested that Tom Hardy and Benedict Cumbetbarch were being considered. American Hustle star Jack Huston and Mad Men star Jon Hamm were also rumoured to be taking the lead role but all the rumours have been dismissed by the actors themselves. The latest speculation that has run wild includes The Purge’s actor Ethan Hawke but the film blog HeyUGuys has debunked the rumour.

Set to be released on July 8, 2016, Marvel Studios has entered its final stage of negotiations to shoot “Doctor Strange” at Pinewood-Shepperton in England next year. Since it’s confirmed that Joaquin Phoenix will no longer in the run to become the Sorcorer Supreme, who do you think should take the lead role?


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