Joaquin Phoenix Reportedly in "Final Talks" for 'Doctor Strange'

Joaquin Phoenix

Hey, remember when Joaquin Phoenix fooled a bunch of people into thinking he was going to retire from acting to pursue a career in rap? Ha, ha, ha! If he'd followed that up by telling everyone he wanted to star in a movie about the Marvel Comics hero Doctor Strange, it would have seemed like another piece of insane performance art, but here we are in 2014, and Joaquin Phoenix starring in Marvel's Doctor Strange movie appears to be all but a done deal.

So sayeth Collider, where sources insist that earlier reports of Phoenix's involvement -- which surfaced during the summer -- were so on the money that he's currently in "final talks" to assume the role of the disgraced surgeon-turned-sorceror who's helped add supernatural flights of fancy to the Marvel universe for decades.

Scott Derrickson is already on board to direct, with the project reportedly headed for a July 8, 2016 release, and although no one's commenting publicly yet, Phoenix as Strange could make for a mighty intriguing combination. It's anyone's guess as to why he'd want to sign the sort of bajillion-picture deal the studio tends to require for projects like this, given how successfully he's always managed to fill out his own dance card, but more money is always nice, and perhaps he's gotten tired of having to pick his own scripts. Either way, Marvel fans stand to gain.

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