With Joaquin Phoenix reportedly dropping out of negotiations to play Doctor Strange in Marvel’s upcoming film adaptation, the rumor mill has gone back on track and started pumping out new names that might get to play the on-again, off-again sorcerer supreme. One of the most recent additions to the likely suspects is Keannu Reeves.
Reeves himself seems to be aware of the rumors, and has taken time out of his admittedly busy schedule in order to address the topic. The standout part is the bit where he shows reluctance to commit to a long-term contract:
“From a practical standpoint, the idea of a long-time contract is sort of ‘errr’ because you want to make sure the material is up to a certain level,” said Reeves of the commitment required to star in a Marvel franchise. “Like the good or great level.”
“I like the idea,” he continued. “I go to those kinds of movies. I grew up on them and comics and graphic novels. [But] I didn’t know Doctor Strange as a character, I didn’t read that as a kid.”
“I’m gonna have to read it. I remember reading something… ‘Who’s going to play Doctor Strange?’ Would I be good for the role?”