Marvel has been after Joaquin Phoenix to play the role of Doctor Strange in their upcoming movie scheduled to begin filming in 2015. Unfortunately, they haven’t been able to get a commitment out of the actor.
As you might imagine, shooting a major Marvel movie isn’t easy. Green screen, special effects, and extensive reshoots take up a lot of the actors’ time. Couple that with the fact that Marvel requires multi-movie contracts and becoming a superhero can be a huge time commitment.
Joaquin Phoenix is famous for roles in movies such as Gladiator, Walk the Line, and Her. He is certainly no stranger to blockbuster movies, but Marvel is certainly on a higher level and requires more strenuous physical and time commitments from its actors.
News should be coming along soon about the final actor selection, as Doctor Strange will start production early next year.