Joaquin Phoenix Eyed For Doctor Strange Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 07.25.2014
Could Phoenix be the Sorcerer Supreme?
Marvel is reportedly aiming at putting the title of Sorcerer Supreme on Joaquin Phoenix. The Wrap reports that the Her and Gladiator star is in consideration for the lead role in Doctor Strange and that he has had talks with Marvel about the film. Phoenix was previously in talks for the role of Lex Luthor in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice but ultimately passed, with the role going to Jesse Eisenberg instead.
Phoenix has a history of eclectic choices for film roles, often choosing smaller-budget, independent films. He has taken a big-budget studio film here and there though, most famously the villainous role in Gladiator and Johnny Cash in Walk the Line, for which he earned an Academy Award nomination. He also earned an Oscar nod for The Master in 2012.
Scott Derrickson is directing the Marvel film from a script by Jon Spaihts.