Joaquin Phoenix in 'final talks' for Doctor Strange

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 29 August 2014
Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix

Academy Award nominated actor, Joaquin Phoenix is reportedly in "final talks" to play Doctor Strange in the latest Marvel superhero film

Joaquin Phoenix is reportedly in final talks to play Doctor Strange in a new Marvel movie.

The Academy Award nominated actor is rumoured to be the top choice for the superhero role in the latest Marvel blockbuster, despite reports that he had been over-looked in favour of Jack Huston.

According to Collider.com, a deal between Joaquin and Marvel for 'Doctor Strange' is "currently being finalised" after several months of negotiations.

The site also speculates that the amount of time it has taken for the 39-year-old actor to sign a contract could indicate Joaquin's fears that his commitment to Marvel could affect his availability for other film projects, but their source has insisted that: "His contract is essentially at the 1 yard line, about to pass into the endzone."

'Doctor Strange' is scheduled to hit cinemas on July 8, 2016, after Marvel announced that 'Deliver Us From Evil' director Scott Derrickson was on-board to direct the superhero flick.

The studio will be busy over the next couple of years, with 'Ant-Man' starring Paul Rudd due to be released in July 2015, which will be followed by the 'Captain America 3' with Chris Evans in May 2016.

Doctor Strange

  • 4 stars
  • 2016
  • US
  • 1h 55min
  • 12A
  • Directed by: Scott Derrickson
  • Written by: Steve Ditko, Thomas Dean Donnelly, Joshua Oppenheimer, Jon Spaihts
  • Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Tilda Swinton, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Rachel McAdams
  • UK release: 28 October 2016

When brilliant but arrogant neurosurgeon Stephen Strange (Cumberbatch) gets his hands mangled in a car crash, he visits Kathmandu to be reborn under the mystic tutelage of the Ancient One (Swinton). A blast: fresh performances from Cumberbatch and Swinton power a dynamic script with well-measured puns and even a little…

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