Marvel/Disney is reportedly close to signing actor, and known oddball, Joaquin Phoenix to play the Sorcerer Supreme, Dr. Strange.
It’s been reported for some time that the House the Mouse built wants the actor for the part. The mercurial actor had been spotted picking up some Dr. Strange comics, supposedly in preparation for the role.
Collider is reporting that final talks between Phoenix and Marvel are taking place, and all that is left is to dot the I’s and cross the T’s before the actor dons Dr. Strange’s big red cape and picks up the Orb of Agamotto
Doctor Strange hasn’t been given an official spot on the Marvel U. calendar yet. It does have a director, Scott Derrickson and Jon Spaihts brought in to work on the script. Other than Avengers: Age of Ultron, Ant-Man, and the Cap threequel, Marvel’s schedule is wide open. Their reserved date in July 2016 most likely has Dr. Strange penciled in. An announcement may come soon, as early as NYCC in less than two months, perhaps?
There has been no official word one way or the other from either the studio or the actor or his agents. But rest assured that when we know one way or the other, you’ll be the third person we tell. Maybe the fourth.
Source: Indie Wire, Collider