It's being reported that Joaquin Phoenix is no longer in contention for Doctor Strange, and that Marvel Studios is back to square one.
Deadline has it that the talks between Marvel Studios and Joaquin Phoneix have ended.
It was previously said that Phoenix was all but guaranteed to play the role, with the ball being on the one yard line.
Apparently either Marvel or Phoenix fumbled, with Phoenix not wanting the role.
Ethan Hawke's name has also surfaced for Doctor Strange, but the report also says that is not true.
Prior names said to be contenders before Marvel was talking with Joaquin Phoenix were Benedict Cumberbatch, Jared Leto and Tom Hardy.
The Doctor Strange movie has a July 8, 2016 release with Scott Derrickson on board as the director and the script written by Jon Spaihts.