Ahead of the Marvel Studios panel at San Diego Comic Con later today, there’s a rumor floating around that Joaquin Phoenix could be on the short list for the role of Doctor Strange.
A number of other names have been floated in the past, including Benedict Cumberbatch, Johnny Depp, and Edgar Ramirez, but could the rumor that Phoenix is in talks for the role, so soon before a number of major announcements are set to come from the studio, mean he’s actually the frontrunner?
Phoenix certainly has the acting chops, starring in everything from Gladiator to Walk the Line and the Oscar-nominated Her.
Marvel hasn’t announced a release date, but Cumberbatch, who stands the greatest chance until now of landing the role, has said that his filming schedule on Sherlock simply wouldn’t allow him to take on the role in the near future.
What do you think? Is Phoenix a good fit, or should Marvel look elsewhere?