Written By: Mathew ‘JJ’ Simoes
After months of silence, we may finally know who will play the lead in Todd Phillips’s untitled Joker origin film.
In an exclusive report by Variety, Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to play the Clown Prince of Crime in Warner Bros. and Todd Phillips’ untitled Joker movie.
While studio negotiations have not yet begun, Phillips has made it clear that Phoenix is the top choice to star and sources say that, after thinking it over, Phoenix has agreed to the role. WB had no comment.
Phillips is tapped to co-write and direct the movie. Phillips had met with Phoenix before the new year and was just waiting for the studio’s green light, sources say.
The movie would fall under a yet-to-be-announced new banner of DC Comics films, which would give the studio the opportunity to expand the canon of the iconic comic-book characters with unique story angles that aren’t included in its current cinematic universe.
Jared Leto most recently played the Joker in Suicide Squad and is likely to reprise that role in Suicide Squad 2, but will not appear in this film. Rumors appeared online saying that Leonardo DiCaprio was the first person approached to star in Phillips’ standalone film, though that didn’t pan out.
Scott Silver will join Phillips as a co-writer on the film, which will delve into what pushed the the Joker into becoming a mastermind criminal psychopath. The film will reportedly take place in the ’80s and have more of the look of a gritty crime drama than comic-book movie.
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