Joaquin Phoenix No Longer in Talks for Doctor Strange

Back in July, it was revealed that three-time Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix was being considered for the title role in Marvel Studios’ upcoming film Doctor Strange. Though rumors persisted that negotiations were still ongoing, Deadline now brings word that those talks have fallen through and Marvel is on the hunt for another actor. Previous rumors indicated interest on Marvel’s part for Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hardy, but it’s unclear who they will target next.

Though no official release date has been set for the film, the time table for production would lead one to believe that Doctor Strange will land on the July 8, 2016 release date that Marvel previously set, but this has not been confirmed. Check back here for more details on Doctor Strange as we learn them.

Doctor Strange is based on the character created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, who made his first appearance in 1963′s “Strange Tales” #110. It follows the adventures of Stephen Strange (nodded at in this year’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier), a brilliant neurosurgeon who, following a car accident, loses precision in his hands. His quest to regain his former skills sets Strange on a path to become the “Master of the Mystic Arts.”

With a script by Jon Spaihts, Doctor Strange is set to be directed by Sinister‘s Scott Derrickson.

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