by: Billy Pilgrim
Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to star as the classic comic book hero, DR. STRANGE. While Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jared Leto have all been rumored to take the title role in the upcoming film, it has been reported that Phoenix is taking it under serious consideration. Dr. Strange, a Marvel character from the early ’60’s, is a talented young surgeon who is unable to continue his practice after a debilitating accident. He becomes the primary protector of Earth, reigning as “Sorcerer Supreme,” against all magical and mystical threats on the planet.
Phoenix has recently received widespread acclaim for his roles in “Her” and “The Master” and is currently working on “Inherent Vice”, slated for release in December. His attachment could rock the world of comic book fans and moviegoers alike, as his brooding style and anti-establishment outlook make him the last person one would think of to play a comic-book hero. It could, however, be a genius move in respect to the story, much like Heath Ledger’s role as the Joker in “The Dark Knight,” revolutionized the character.
Scott Derrickson of “Sinister” and “Deliver Us From Evil” will be directing the film in a marked shift from his predominantly horror related work, which could add fresh perspective to the popularity of recent superhero adaptations. “Prometheus” writer Jon Spaihts is in negotiations to write the an updated draft of the script, after a recent version by screenwriting duo Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer.
Phoenix is repped by WME.
Spaihts is repped by CAA and Circle of Confusion.