Joaquin Phoenix in talks to play Joker in upcoming origin movie

09 February, 2018, 05:15 | Author: Christina Harvey
  • Joaquin Phoenix in talks to play Joker in upcoming origin movie

Scott Silver is joining Todd Phillips as a co-writer on the film, which will dive into the Joker's backstory and the circumstances that led him to become a mastermind criminal.

Artist Boss Logic has re-imagined three-time Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker following reports the actor is in talks to play the iconic Batman villain in DC Films' standalone movie.

Jared Leto is still expected to play the Joker in DC Films' planned Suicide Squad sequel.

Nearly a month to the day since the Jim Gordon actor told TooFab at the 7th Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts International Awards that he'd "like to see someone like Joaquin Phoenix play" Batman next, it turns out the actor is in talks to join the Batman cinematic universe.

While studio negotiations are not yet underway, Phillips has made it clear that Phoenix is the top choice to star and sources now tell Variety that, after thinking it over, Phoenix has agreed to the role.




The Joker origin movie would be the first movie under a new DC film series that focuses on solo projects rather than an interconnected universe.

In the wake of a troubling roll-out for their extended universe, including the poorly received "Justice League" and "Suicide Squad", and the massive success of "Wonder Woman", Vulture reported previous year that DC and Warner Bros. were rethinking their approach to the films. Warner Bros. has not set a release date.

Phoenix comes to the role that was previously rumored to be Leonardo DiCaprio's.

It will be more like a "gritty crime drama" than a traditional comic book movie.

Phoenix is one of the most talented actors working today and immediately brings a certain amount of intrigue to this wild idea.

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