For months it looked like Joaquin Phoenix would land the title role for Marvel’s upcoming Doctor Strange movie. And for the most part, fans of the superhero were happy with the choice; however, things changed a little over a week ago.
Talks between Phoenix and Marvel broke down completely. We’re still not sure what happened, but the decision does appear to be final. Joaquin Phoenix will not take the lead role in Doctor Strange.
So who will Marvel go after now? No one knows for sure, but there has been a lot of support lately for Keanu Reeves. He’s obviously comfortable with action movies, and he has worked with director Scott Derrickson before on the set of The Day the Earth Stood Still. The support for Reeves certainly makes sense.
But would the actor even be interested in the role? Well, he was asked that very question while promoting his new film, John Wick.
“From a practical standpoint the idea of a longtime contract is sort of “errr” because you want to make sure the material is up to a certain level. Like the good or great level. I like the idea. I go to those kinds of movies. I grew up on them and comics and graphic novels. [But] I didn’t know Doctor Strange as a character, I didn’t read that as a kid. I’m gonna have to read it. I remember reading something… who’s going to play Doctor Strange? Would I be good for the role?”
He was asked this question by multiple reporters and his answer was pretty much the same every time. He’s interested, but he’s not a fan of long-term contracts and he’s not familiar with the character.
Doesn’t sound very promising. I’m not sure who will end up getting the role, but I wouldn’t jump on the Keanu Reeves bandwagon just yet.