This is hardly the first time the name of Oscar-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix (Her, Walk The Line, Gladiator, SpaceCamp…yes, he was the kid in SpaceCamp) has been whispered in conjunction with a comic book film:
Just prior to San Diego Comic-Con 2010, the rumor mill had Phoenix replacing Edward Norton as Bruce Banner in The Avengers–a role that eventually went to Mark Ruffalo. More recently, there was talk that Warner Bros. was eyeing him for the role of Lex Luthor in Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, but decided to go with Jesse Eisenberg instead.
Today we have an exclusive from The Wrap suggesting that Phoenix’s people are currently in talks regarding the lead role in Doctor Strange–according to “multiple individuals close to the casting”, for whatever that’s worth. Follow me after the jump for more info, and the laundry list of other prospective “Doctors Strange”:
Normally, this news would likely be swept under the proverbial rug. After all, we’ve already had rumors that the role of the Marvel magician and future Avenger could possibly go to Jared Leto, Edgar Ramirez, Benedict Cumberbatch, or Tom Hardy….
But, with SDCC 2014 currently underway, and Marvel Studios‘ traditional pants-crappingly, mind-blowingly awesome announcements regarding the Cinematic Universe’s future just a day away, the timing of this announcement makes it worthy of consideration. To reference 2010 once again, the rumor that Mark Ruffalo and Jeremy Renner would be joining the cast of The Avengers broke in a very similar manner–just before the official cast was announced and introduced during Marvel’s Panel.
Still, that doesn’t mean the other candidates are out of the running. No one seems to be talking about Leto or Ramirez anymore–but Benedict Cumberbatch is not only a fan fave, but he’s actually at SDCC 2014 as I speak promoting Penguins of Madagascar for DreamWorks and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies for Warner Bros.
It’s not unreasonable that he’s also there for when Marvel announces who will play the lead in one of their most anticipated standalone superhero vehicles.
I suppose we’ll find out one way or another tomorrow.
Source: Screen Rant