'Walk the Line' actor in line for Marvel movie franchise

Joaquin Phoenix (Walk the Line) in in talks with Marvel to play cult comic book character Doctor Strange as part of the studio’s third phase of film development.

Known as the Sorcerer Supreme and Master of the Dark Arts, Doctor Steven Vincent Strange appeared in the 60s silver age of Marvel comics. The primary protector of Earth against magical and mystical threats, the character has previously appeared in video games and his own TV show.

TV Sherlock Benedict Cumberbacth was rumoured to be in the frame for the role but according to Deadline Oscar nominee and star of Spike Jonze recent hit Her is Marvel’s preferred choice.

Scott Derrickson (Sinister) is set to direct the film. The filmmaker’s next release will be the shocker Deliver Us From Evil starring Eric Bana due in cinemas next month.

Marvel studio boss Kevin Feige told Empire magazine that just because Derrickson is known for horror it doesn’t mean Doctor Strange will follow that genre.

“It means he is a talented filmmaker who we think could add something unique and very fresh to the particular franchise. But there could be scary moments. There are scary moments in all our movies! There are some scary people that Strange has to deal with, I will say.”