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Marvel's big presentation at Comic-Con isn't until Saturday (July 26 at 5:30 Pst, to be specific), and people have been wondering for quite some time what exactly they'll be showing off at the event. The most pervasive rumor is that they'd be announcing who will play Doctor Strange for director Scott Derrickson, but Marvel Studios honcho Kevin Fiege has insisted in press all week long that their presentation is going to be dictated by what kind of paperwork is signed by then. Well, according to The Wrap, who broke the news, the person Marvel is trying to lock down as the sorcerer supreme is none other than Joaquin Phoenix. They stress that no deal has been signed, but that he is most definitely the front runner and has leaped passed rumored contenders like...
- Peter Hall
Sources have confirmed to Screendaily that the actor is in negotiations to star in Marvel Studios’ upcoming adaptation.
Scott Derrickson will direct the story, long regarded as one of the tougher big screen prospects.
That has not diminished fan excitement, however. Doctor Strange is a neurosurgeon charged with protecting earth from paranormal threats.
That comment sparked a fair amount of speculation as to the British actor’s possible participation in the film.
For now however, all eyes are focused on Phoenix, the Oscar nominee whose latest film Inherent Vice will receive its world premiere on October 4 as the centerpiece selection at the New York Film Festival. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Since Scott Derrickson was officially confirmed as director for the film, the big question swirling around Marvel’s Doctor Strange is who will become the Sorcerer Supreme. The question may now have an answer, with The Wrap reporting that Joaquin Phoenix is in early talks about the role.Despite rumours that such notable names as Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, Justin Theroux and Jared Leto, it would appear that Phoenix is closer than anyone to actually making a deal. That said, there has been no official confirmation (hardly a surprise at this stage) and even the site’s sources have specified that there’s no contract in place just yet. Phoenix also seems a surprising choice given his apparent reluctance to take on blockbuster roles in recent years and Marvel’s reputation for having actors sign multi-role contracts.The character of Doctor Strange was originally conjured from the brains of Stan Lee »
Last time Joaquin Phoenix found his name mentioned with regard to a superhero movie it was rumors he'd be playing Lex Luthor in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, a role that eventually went to Jesse Eisenberg. Now his name is back in the trades in connection to Marvel's Doctor Strange, which is to be directed by Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose). The news comes from The Wrap where it's said Phoenix's name is "mentioned most often" for the role and "is in consideration and has had discussions about the movie." Adding to the rumor, The Playlist notes tweets in which Phoenix was apparently seen in Connecticut in comic book stores purchasing "Doctor Strange" comics. https://twitter.com/KevinInChains/statuses/490269444568928257 https://twitter.com/TonytheNunes/statuses/491959469652582400 Meanwhile, if you thought Benedict Cumberbatch was the one taking the role, he recently told MTV it just wouldn't work. "As far as I'm aware, »
- Brad Brevet
Well, maybe Benedict Cumberbatch really is just in Comic-Con for "The Penguins of Madagascar" and "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies." Though the "Star Trek Into Darkness" star had been strongly rumored for the role of Doctor Strange in Marvel's upcoming film (which will be directed by Scott Derrickson), The Wrap is reporting that Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to take the part. If it pans out, this would be a real coup for Marvel. Phoenix has more cache than just about every other actor tapped for major roles in the Marvel Cinematic Universe so far, save for maybe Robert Downey Jr. Naturally it's all speculation now, but where there's smoke, there's surely fire and this news coming on the eve of Marvel's big Hall H presentation at Comic-Con signals that the breaking news hounds may have stolen the comic company's thunder ahead of time. The »
- Kristopher Tapley
Joaquin Phoenix has reportedly had discussions and is currently in serious consideration if not outright talks for the role of Doctor Stephen Strange in Scott Derrickson's upcoming "Doctor Strange" film at Marvel Studios.
With Benedict Cumberbatch having revealed this week he had meetings for the role but couldn't do the role due to scheduling, talk has suddenly and quite heavily turned to Phoenix. In fact at least two trades claim actual negotiations are actively underway. Representatives for Marvel and Phoenix had no comment.
Tom Hardy, Jared Leto and Justin Theroux have also previously been mentioned as possibilities that ultimately didn't pan out. Whomever takes on the role will play the Marvel Comics hero - a former neurosurgeon who protects Earth from magical and mystical threats.
- Garth Franklin
Move over Benedict Cumberbatch and those persistent rumors. Marvel and director Scott Derrickson might have found their Doctor Strange. Joaquin Phoenix is reportedly in talks to star in the titular role for Marvel's potential new franchise. I think this is perfect casting because I think Phoenix is essentially always a great choice. He's one of the finest actors of our generation and can effortlessly disappear into pretty much any role. Hit the jump for more on Joaquin Phoenix potentially playing Doctor Strange. Per The Wrap, multiple sources have confirmed that Phoenix is in discussions for the role. Marvel is also expecting Jon Spaihts' rewrite of Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer's script to come in soon. What do you think of this potential casting? Good choice? Or did you want to see someone else in the role? Does Phoenix have what it takes to play a neurosurgeon-turned-sorcerer living in Greenwich Village? »
- Evan Dickson
Banner image courtesy of The Wrap
My buddy Jeff Sneider over at The Wrap dropped some interesting news this morning. According to his sources, he is hearing that Marvel is looking at Joaquin Phoenix to headline Dr. Strange for director Scott Derrickson.
My two cents? Would be a hot score for Feige who I hear liked what he saw in the upcoming Inherent Vice but I just don't see how they can get Joaquin to commit for multiple pictures. Plus Joaquin is notorious for being a level of difficult Marvel isn't accustomed to. That and the fact Joaquin has mostly stayed away from superhero movies. Remember, he turned down Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman.
There is no denying though that Joaquin is a Major talent and if both camps can work it out then it would seriously elevate Dr. Strange.
I read an old draft of the script last year which was hot. »
- El Mayimbe
While Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy have been previously rumored to play Doctor Strange, a new report believes that Joaquin Phoenix will be announce as Marvel's next leading man this Saturday during their Comic-Con 2014 panel.
Marvel is said to still be finalizing their planes for Saturday, which means talks must be on-going at this very second. Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson is expected to make an appearance on Saturday, though Marvel and Disney have no comment. Deadline, though, has confirmed the actor is in talks.
It is believed that no deal is in place yet, but Joaquin Phoenix has had discussions about the project. It's speculated that Joaquin Phoenix wouldn't want to sign a long term contract with Marvel, which the studio requires of its actors. But this may be a special case with the actor signing on a per movie basis.
Joaquin Phoenix was previously rumored for the Lex »
Marvel's big Comic-Con panel is tomorrow, and fans are going to be treated to all kinds of announcements and footage for their slate of upcoming films. The rumor mill on the casting for Doctor Strange continues to roll on. The Wrap is reporting that Joaquin Phoenix is now in the running to take on the Sorcerer Supreme. The report says:
"While insiders caution there is no deal in place yet, multiple sources say Phoenix is in consideration and has had discussions about the movie."
It was previously reported that Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Jared Leto were in the running. Cumberbatch himself teased the role at Comic-Con yesterday, and you can watch him talk about it here.
Phoenix is an incredible actor, but I just don't see him in the role of Strange. As a long time fan of the character, he just doesn't seem to fit. It also seems »
- Joey Paur
The comicbook follows a former neurosurgeon who serves as the “Sorcerer Supreme” — the primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. Strange made his first appearance in the 1963 comicbook series “Strange Tales” and would go on to have his own comicbook series and would appear »
- Justin Kroll
A number of names have been linked to the role of Doctor Strange, and the latest is Her star Joaquin Phoenix. The Academy Award nominated actor recently passed up the chance to play the villainous Lex Luthor in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, but it now seems like he’ll be the next unlikely choice wooed by Marvel Studios.
Phoenix’s name has apparently come up a number of times recently, and while there’s still no deal in place, he said to have met with Marvel and discussed playing the character who will likely hit the big screen in 2016.
Whether the studio will be able to convince the actor to sign a multi-picture contract to play Doctor Strange remains to be seen, and though Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy may be unavailable due to scheduling conflicts, other rumoured candidates like Jared Leto and Justin Theroux could still be chosen out of left field. »
- Josh Wilding
Marvel Studios‘ next potential franchise has a director and a writer, and now it the Doctor himself might be in. Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to star in Doctor Strange. Those negotiations should put to an end all those Benedict Cumberbatch rumors blowing through the halls here at Comic-Con. The Wrap got this first one first. Marvel has been culling through a list of aspirants that included Cumberbatch, Tom Hardy and Jared Leto. The studio has been teasing references to the Doctor, most recently he got a shout out in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Scott Derrickson is […] »
When Marvel goes to Comic-Con for its panel tomorrow, there will undoubtedly be some absolutely jaw-dropping reveals – and we’re expecting that the actor who’ll be playing Stephen Strange in Marvel’s Doctor Strange may be announced there. However, we may have uncovered the lucky actor one day early.
According to TheWrap, The Master star Joaquin Phoenix, who recently appeared in James Gray’s acclaimed The Immigrant, is being eyed for the lead role in Doctor Strange, which Sinister helmer Scott Derrickson is directing for the studio from a script by Jon Spaihts, as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s upcoming Phase Three.
“Multiple sources” close to the project claim that Phoenix’s name is the one with the most force behind it right now as discussions continue as to who should bag the coveted lead role of Stephen Strange, a former neurosurgeon who protects Earth from threats both magical and mythical. »
- Isaac Feldberg
San Diego Comic-Con is in full swing, but the rumor mill about "Doctor Strange" is just picking up speed.
Benedict Cumberbatch was evasive yesterday at the "The Penguins of Madagascar" panel when asked if he might be the next Marvel superhero -- "What rumors?" -- but less than 24 hours later, another actor's name is being bandied about for the role of "Doctor Strange." According to Deadline, Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to star in "Doctor Strange" as the eponymous neurosurgeon slash sorcerer from the comic books. This rumor is weird but plausible, if not downright brilliant.
A great part of the success and appeal of the Marvel movies has to do with the unlikely or even risky directors and stars that Kevin Feige et al pick to helm their franchises. After all, Joss Whedon wasn't exactly a household name when he was anointed for "The Avengers," and we didn't quite »
- Jenni Miller
The actor addressed the speculation that he could take the title role in the Marvel Studios film during an appearance at San Diego's Comic-Con International.
"As far as I'm aware, even if that was the case, it couldn't work out because I'm doing a little play called Hamlet in London," he told MTV News.
"So I don't think I could even if that was in the cards. It sounds like a fantastic project. It's a shame if I miss out, but who knows?"
When asked if he had met with Marvel, he said, "I couldn't possibly comment."
Marvel is expected to announce the actor who will play Dr Stephen Strange during Comic-Con.
One of the many surprises that people are expecting from Marvel over the Comic-Con weekend is the reveal of just who's going to playing Doctor Strange in Scott Derrickson's upcoming movie based on the character. A lot of fan money, as it often is, is on Benedict Cumberbatch at the moment, and he's already at Comic-Con for his work in The Hobbit and The Penguins Of Madagascar. It wouldn't take much for him to saunter over to Marvel's panel too.
However, in a chat with MTV, he's played the rumours down. "As far as I'm aware, even if that was the case, it couldn't work out because I'm doing a little play called Hamlet in London", he said in response to the rumours. "So I don’t think I could even if that was in the cards. »
Celebrating "Crime, Death, and Resurrection," the Behind the Music panel at Comic Con paid tribute to the work of composers in enhancing genre TV and film. The panel opened with a highly-applauded reel of the composers' work: Jeff Russo for Fargo, James Levine for American Horror Story, Daniel Licht for Dexter, Steve Jablonsky for Transformers: Age of Extinction, Brian Reitzell for Hannibal, and Christopher Young for Deliver Us From Evil. Actor Shane West (Salem, Nikita) moderated. During the Q&A the composers discussed the challenges of writing music for the horror genre, the synthesis of developing continuing working relationships with the same directors or creators, and teased upcoming projects. Additionally, Young talked about pitching himself to compose the score for Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Young was initially not forthcoming when asked about what he'd be doing next until a fan pointed out that his longtime collaborator, director Scott Derrickson (who »
- Anna Kaufman
Benedict Cumberbatch is no stranger to fandoms and there have been rumours linking him to Doctor Strange for a while. Whilst attending his first Comic-Con promoting The Penguins Of Madagascar, the Sherlock star spoke about those Doctor Strange rumours and whether he has been in talks with Marvel.
“As far as I’m aware, even if that was the case, it couldn’t work out because I’m doing a little play called Hamlet in London. So I don’t think I could even if that was in the cards. It sounds like a fantastic project. It’s a shame if I miss out, but who knows?” It seems highly likely that Cumberbatch has been in contact with Marvel due to his knowledge of the shooting dates. However the star simply smirked and stated he couldn’t possibly comment on whether he had been in serious talks for the highly anticipated role. »
- Lucinda Holt
Back in June, a report surfaced that Marvel Studios was considering both Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy to play Doctor Strange in their Phase Three adventure. Since no one has been confirmed to play the title role yet, MTV caught up with Benedict Cumberbatch at Comic-Con today to see if there was any truth to the reports.
Here's what the actor had to say below.
"As far as I'm aware, even if that was the case, it couldn't work out because I'm doing a little play called 'Hamlet' in a little town called London. So I don't think I could even if that was in the cards. It sounds like a fantastic project. It's a shame if I miss out, but who knows?"
When asked if he was actually engaged in discussions for the role, Benedict Cumberbatch wouldn't elaborate any further.
"I couldn't possibly comment."
Of course, it isn't surprising »
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