Deadline reports that Marvel Studios' talks with Joaquin Phoenix to play the lead in "Doctor Strange" have come to an end, and a deal was not reached. The publication also debunks recent rumors that Ethan Hawke has made a deal for the film's lead role.
Phoenix was first rumored to be in talks with Marvel during the course of Comic-Con International 2014 in July, and the actor was reportedly in final negotiations to play Doctor Strange at the end of August. With talks at an end, Deadline states that Marvel is already searching for new actors to star in the upcoming film directed by Scott Derrickson.
"Doctor Strange" has still not officially been announced by Marvel for its upcoming film schedule -- though many assume it will be the unannounced movie in the July 8, 2016 slot.