Joaquin Phoenix’s name has been mentioned several times over the last few months to take on the role of the sorcerer supreme, Dr. Strange. But his negotiations seem to have been going on for an eternity. Here’s why…
It has emerged that Phoenix was actually meant to be announced as the hero at SDCC, walking on stage moments after signing his contract – just like Hulk actor Mark Ruffalo a few years previous. But no matter how hard they tried, Marvel Studios just couldn’t get Phoenix to sign on the dotted line.
Collider is reporting that the actor is still in talks for the lead role, after meeting with Marvel again this week. The main issue holding back the deal between Phoenix and the studio seems to be that he is unsure if he can work on this kind of movie, AKA a movie with green screen, pre-viz, CGI, etc… which all make him uncomfortable.
It’s without question that Phoenix would be an excellent actor to take on the role, he’s certainly proved himself over the years, but the thought of the countless reshoots and of course that big Marvel multi picture deal seem to be throwing him off.