Joaquin Phoenix Will NOT Be “Strange”

Following a rumor late yesterday that Ethan Hawke been offered the title role in Marvel’s “Doctor Strange” film, it has been confirmed that previous favorite Joaquin Phoenix is no longer interested in taking on the role.

Deadline confirms that talks with Phoenix are over and no deal was ultimately worked out. They also say the Hawke rumors are just speculation.

Marvel is reportedly now reaching out to other actors who might be suitable for the role. Previously rumored names linked to the character of a neurosurgeon who becomes a magical and mystical protector of Earth include the likes of Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch and Jared Leto.