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Joaquin Phoenix as Doctor Strange?

- July 25th, 2014

We’re going to need a little bit of magic ourselves to sort through the list of names being attached to Marvel’s next big character.

Three-time Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix is the latest name to be attached to Doctor Strange, Marvel’s upcoming movie based on the mysterious, mythical, and slightly ostentatious character of the same name, The Wrap reported Friday.

According to The Wrap’s inside source, Phoenix, “is inconsideration and has had discussions about the movie.”

Doctor Strange focuses on Stephen Strange, a neurosurgeon turned sorcerer who devotes his magical abilities to protecting the earth from otherworldly enemies and magicians.

Joaquin Phoenix isn’t the first name attached to the project, and unless Marvel makes an announcement about casting during their highly anticipated panel on Saturday, he probably won’t be the last.

The other big name floating around the rumour mill as of today? Benedict Cumberbatch.

Although Cumberbatch’s name has been attached to the film from the start, with no comment on the role from his camp, speculation has increased with his attendance at this year’s Comic-Con.

One of the biggest issues I have with the rumour is whether or not Phoneix, a man known for staying away from major blockbusters and choosing to spread his interests over a variety of indie darlings, would be willing to commit to the multi-film deal other Marvel stars have had to sign.

A contract that asks Phoenix to star in three movies over the course of five or six years doesn’t seem like something the star’s willing to do.

Plus, can you see Phoenix walking the red carpet at Comic Con and getting into character as well as someone like Robert Downey Jr or Tom Hiddleston?

No, neither could I.

Although, it doesn’t change the fact that his name has actually been added to the rat race.

He’ll have to compete with stars like the aforementioned Cumberbatch, Jared Leto, and Justin Theroux who have all been rumoured to be up for the same role.

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