Published: Wed, July 11, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Dora Pope

It’s official: Joaquin Phoenix to play The Joker in new origin film

It’s official: Joaquin Phoenix to play The Joker in new origin film

$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.

Warner Bros. has given the green light to Todd Phillips' Joker origin film starring Joaquin Phoenix in the title role. The film is described as "an exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale".

But now Phoenix has reportedly finalized his deal to play Joker in this untitled standalone, which Phillips-the filmmaker behind The Hangover trilogy and the crime film War Dogs-will direct from a script he co-wrote with Scott Silver.

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, the standalone film was picked up by Warner Bros. and will begin filming in NY this September with Phoenix playing Batman's arch-nemesis.

"Warner Bros" DC label, outside of Wonder Woman and Suicide Squad, hit a wall with Justice League last fall which significantly under-performed making $657.9M. The villain is also rumored to appear in the Suicide Squad sequel as well as the standalone Harley Quinn movie. Even though this Joker pic is happening, Warner still developing another one with Jared Leto in the role.

Keep it locked as more information about the Joker projects become available.

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