Joaquin Phoenix cast as Joker in stand-alone DC origin film

Variety first reported that Phoenix was in talks to play the Clown Prince of Crime.

Phoenix has previously discussed Leto's work as the Joker and revealed he would take the character in a different direction than his predecessors. According to THR, the movie has a $55 million budget and will start filming in September in NY.

Warner Bros. has made it official: Joaquin Phoenix has finalized a deal to play The Joker in a new origin film from director Todd Phillips (The Hangover, War Dogs) and executive producer Martin Scorsese.

$55 million is not very much for a film that will be part of a superhero franchise, possibly leading to something quite interesting with the finished product. Last month, it was announced that Warner Bros.is developing a solo movie surrounding Jared Leto's Joker, which would exist within the DCEU world.

"I don't know... it could be an interesting character". "I wouldn't say... 'I won't do Westerns.' It depends on what it is". With shades of the classic Hitchcock character Norman Bates, the future Joker is more isolated and tortured even before suffering sudden loss after accepting the incredible responsibility of caring for his ailing mother alone. If you have the ability to transcend the genre, then that's what you want to do.

Joaquin Phoenix is set to star as The Joker in an upcoming origin movie about the iconic villain.

However insiders claim the finished film could be ready for a late 2019 release.

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