Unfortunate news today as it was reported by Deadline that Joaquin Pheonix is no longer in talks to play Doctor Strange. This comes on the tail of numerous other speculative actors who have been reported as up for the roll. Some of the names having been dropped being Johnny Depp, Tom Hardy, Jared Leto, and even Benedict Cumberbatch. The most recent casting name to be rumored is Ethan Hawke.
It has recently been announced that Marvel is done with the origin story films, setting Doctor Strange in media res, after he has already become sorcerer supreme. Maybe this risky tactic is making it difficult to attach an actor. Who can say for sure? The search for our scorned dark arts master continues for another day. Hopefully Marvel can find the match for one of their most beloved and mysterious characters.