Doctor Strange Director Dishes on How Close Joaquin Phoenix Came to Playing the Master of the Mystic Arts

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Fans of Todd Phillips’ Joker are unquestionably happy that Joaquin Phoenix became the cackling Clown Prince of Crime in DCs Elseworlds. However, there was a time when the Academy Award-winning actor was seemingly just an Infinity Gauntlet-snap away from becoming the Master of the Mystic Arts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. And judging from what Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson revealed in a new interview, Phoenix was in the running to portray Stephen Strange when it seemed Benedict Cumberbatch couldn’t appear in the 2016 film. Derrickson cleared up the casting confusion in an interview with Slash Film:

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