/doctor-strange-movie-cast-ethan-hawke-joaquin-phoenix/Yesterday, a rumor started to make the rounds that Joaquin Phoenix was no longer interested in taking on the role of Doctor Strange for Marvel and Disney. Deadline now confirms that report.
The same rumor claimed that not only had Ethan Hawke been offered the title character after talks with Joaquin Phoenix broke down, but that he accepted over the weekend, with negotiations currently happening for a six-picture deal. This new report claims that is completely untrue, and it's not even clear if Ethan Hawke is in the running.
After a lengthy negotiation process that was supposed to be finalized leading into Comic-Con 2014 weekend this past July in San Diego, but has since stretched all the way into October, Marvel and Joaquin Phoenix just couldn't see eye to eye on what his role in the Marvel Universe should be. It should be noted that the actor never had a deal.
Marvel is now reaching out to other actors that may be suitable for the part of the Sorcerer Supreme. Before the studio entered into talks with Joaquin Phoenix, who is being viewed as "not a Comic-Con kind of guy", Disney was reportedly interested in various actors such as fan-favorite Tom Hardy, who played Bane in rival DC's The Dark Knight Rises, genre mainstay Benedict Cumberbatch, and Oscar-winner Jared Leto.
Doctor Strange was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko in the early 1960s. The story follows a neurosurgeon who becomes the protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats. He has the powers of sorcery, mysticism, and martial arts.
Scott Derrickson, who directed Ethan Hawke in Sinister, is at the helm of Doctor Strange, with Jon Spaihts (Prometheus) writing the screenplay. He takes over for Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer, whose story is rumored to have been mostly scrapped. Kevin Feige will produce.