A couple days ago we heard a rumor about who would be taking the role of Marvel's next hero, the magical Doctor Strange.
But everything had been pointing to Joaquin Phoenix taking the role. We thought that was all done but the ink!
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Well, it goes to show in Hollywood, never count your Sorcerer Supremes before they hatch. Or whatever.
According to the latest reports, Joaquin will NOT be joining the Marvel Universe. Why? Well, no one can quite pinpoint why a deal couldn't be made, but there are obviously a lot of reasons talks could have broken down.
In order to be a Marvel superhero, you have to commit to several films, a new level of fame, even an entire diet change.
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So who WILL be donning the cape?
Well, the rumor we heard was that Marvel offered it to Ethan Hawke over the weekend - and he accepted!
It would make sense. He's age-appropriate, his star is shining as brightly as ever after the critical success of Before Midnight and Boyhood, and most importantly, he's worked with Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson before on 2012's Sinister!
Time will tell whether this casting news will turn out to be real magic or just smoke and mirrors.
[Image via BauerGriffinOnline/Marvel.]
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