Joaquin Phoenix Still Not Sure About Playing Doctor Strange Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 08.31.2014
Details on why the negotiations are taking so long...
As we've been reporting, Marvel has been in talks with Joaquin Phoenix to play the lead role in Doctor Strange for a while. As recently as Friday, Phoenix was reportedly in final talks to play the role but no deal has been signed.
The reason why the negotiations are taking so long is still a rumor, so take this with a grain of salt. But Badass Digest reports that there is a complication holding up talks, and that has to do with Phoenix. The site says that Phoenix "literally doesn't know if he can work on this kind of movie." The concert is reportedly that Marvel's style of film-making--a lot of effects shots, green screen and reshoots--are not as comfortable for Phoenix and he isn't certain that he can do it. There is also some concern on Phoenix's part about the multi-film contract, as has been previously reported.
The film is expected to begin production early next year, with Scott Derrickson directing.