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Could Joaquin Phoenix Be Playing Doctor Strange?

The rumor mill is turning and saying the star of Her could be playing Marvel's head mystic.

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There's lots of rumors flying around about the upcoming Doctor Strange film from Marvel, set to premiere in July of 2016. According to Collider, actor Joaquin Phoenix is in final talks to play the titular role for Doctor Strange. Actor Jack Huston from Boardwalk Empire was also rumored for the role as well, but it seems as though that was more rumor than fact.

So while we all wait for official confirmation of whether or not Phoenix will be playing this role, there are only two pieces of confirmed news for this film. The first is that Scott Derrickson, who directed Sinister and Deliver Us From Evil, is directing Doctor Strange and the film will come out on July 8th, 2016.

We'll keep you updated as more news hits the net.

What do you guys think of Joaquin playing this role?

Source: Collider

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Edited by Xwraith

On second thought, I'm now pretty sure I do want.

Posted by DrThanos91

I can see him as Doctor strange

Posted by dagmar_merrill


Edited by Omega Ray Jay

I could see that yeah

Edited by Captain13

The report says Boardwalk Empire’sJack Huston will be tapped to play Doctor Strange. The 31-year old is a rising star and would be likely to sign a multi-picture deal for what appears to be Kevin Feige’sfavorite project. With Scott Derrickson already on board to direct and a plethora of unnamed movie dates waiting… it would seem the right time for this movie to start moving forward. And Marvel has already pulled from Boardwalk Empire once to get Charlie Cox to playDaredevil.

Very little is known of Doctor Strange at this point, primarily because Marvel hasn’t set anything up yet. A rumor sprung up in January that Johnny Depp was in talks for the role – a sensible choice, given that Marvel would probably want to anchor the lesser-known superhero to a known commodity – but there’s no reason at this point to believe the claim was accurate, especially since it seems there’s no director or writer in place yet. Depp’s name was later joined by everyone from John Hamm to Richard Madden to Timothy Olyphant. All of which are intriguing, none of which are true – at least for the moment.

It seems as if Marvel is already looking to cast its ‘Doctor Strange‘ movie and reportedly has Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy on its cast list.Read More: Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy Eyed for 'Doctor Strange'

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Posted by The Stegman

Last year we thought he would be Lex Luthor. Saw how that panned out.

Posted by M3th

I would prefer someone else. However, MARVEL Hasn't meet up in casting so far, so I trust tHeir decision no matter wHat.


Posted by Pperspectiveandreality

I really hope not. I can't stand hm

Posted by Cloakx14
Posted by Captain13

@m3th said:

I would prefer someone else.

Posted by MadeinBangladesh

MAN DC dropped by ball by not making m=him Lex Luthor. He has the perfect look and acting chops!!!!!!!!!! Instead they cast Jesse Heisenberg -_-

Posted by The_Tree

Please. I love Phoenix.

Edited by Captain13

Looks more like:

Baron Mordo

Posted by sacredweapons
Posted by Fallschirmjager

Like him a lot. Super talented dude.

Posted by The_Titan_Lord
Posted by greenlucario

I could see it, but I haven't seen him in anything so I don't really know. Cumberbatch would be cool, I think he'd have the acting chops for it.

Posted by Havenless

Cumberbatch as Strange, Phoenix as Mordo, and Jackie Chan as Wong, Dr. Strange's comic relief kung fu monk sidekick.

Posted by judasnixon

I want Jack Huston as Doctor Strange just so I can say "I called it"#34 Edited by judasnixon (6483 posts) - 2 months, 18 days ago - Show Bio

Jack Huston (Boardwalk Empire) as Doctor Stephen Strange.....

Posted by CaptainHoopla

Johnny Cash playing Doctor Strange, I'm down with that.

Posted by ZbvmX

Joaquin Phoenix would be brilliant casting :D

Posted by Akindoodle
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Posted by AmazingWebHead

I would need to see him with the classic Dr. Strange mustache before I make my call.

Posted by SilverPool
Posted by Uncanny_XFactor

Maybe, it could work.

Also, noting the director choice, seems like it could be a really dark film.

Posted by A_A_A

Joaquin Phoenix would be a great casting.

Posted by Perfect 10

NOOOOO!!!! he can be mordo or someone else but NEVER stephan. too crazy. anyone else i would be fine with even that guy who was rumored yesterday from boardwalk something or other

Posted by RavenVice01

Joaquim phoenix would be better off playing the Joker

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Posted by Aldrif

He would be a great casting.

Posted by RazzaTazz

He might as well, almost everyone else in Hollywood has gotten on the Marvel bandwagon. Even Bill Paxton

Posted by spidershamrock

He's a great actor and I have no one clear in mind for Dr.Strange, so why not?

Posted by IDontLikeBirds

I'll give it a shot. I've liked all the choices Marvel has done with casting in the past few years. I was hesitant on a few choices before, but I've seen how they played them out, and they worked. Plus I've liked his past work.

Posted by derekvang
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Posted by _Atomikill_


And, I'd make Cumberbatch play Doctor Doom. With his voice and all. :P

Posted by Ms-Lola

Too short, too stocky. But as an actor, he'd nail the part. Just make sure the brows are done right. That is all I ask (for now).

Posted by Uncanny_Doom

He's such a talented actor, even though he doesn't have an immediate look that really jumps out for most of the roles he plays, including the idea of him as Strange.

Posted by G_leno

Hate Cumberbatch, anyone but him is fine with me.

Edited by Yung ANcient One

I'm not trying to hate but I would prefer someone else. I personally want Strange to look something like this.

I don't think Phoenix has the "look" I'm looking for. However, Robert Downey JR, Dave Bautista, and others have shown me that they can have a different "look" than what I am expecting and knock it out the park.

I would prefer if Jared Leto would play as Doctor Strange. However, I do not see him accepting this role due to possible commitment.

With his Wannabe Jeasus look c'mon

I love Cumberbatch but I do not see him as Strange either. I would like to see him be someone else. Captain Brittain maybe? No? Okay. Union Jack? No? ok. AHAA!

Black KNight? Yeah? No?... Really? No?... Okay. (+)

Posted by RustyRoy
Edited by LiuKangBakesAPie

I will give him a chance...with the reviews Joaquin received for "Her", I think he can pull Strange off.

Edited by FearTheLiving

He can pull off Strange. I'd have preferred Jack Huston though, after he was rumored it seemed like a perfect match.

Posted by TheAmazingImmortalMan

I wouldn't be mad, I would like Depp but it's all good

Posted by CommanderShiro

I'm fine with him being possibly cast as Dr. Strange.

Posted by Vulshock

I can see him as Dr. Strange, but I don't think Phoenix is willing to sign a multi-picture contract.

Posted by Ostyo
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