Joaquin Phoenix to play Joker in Todd Phillips' standalone movie

Joaquin Phoenix In Talks to Play The Joker In DC/Warner Bros. Standalone Movie

Joaquin Phoenix In Talks to Play The Joker In DC/Warner Bros. Standalone Movie

The Joker origin movie will be set outside of the DC Extended Universe.

It was previous year when Warner Bros. and DC notified the industry that they were starting a Joker origin film with Phillips as director, Martin Scorsese as the producer and Scott Silver writing the screenplay.

The latest juicy tidbit comes out of Variety, which reports that Phoenix is director Todd Phillips' first choice for the role of the Joker, and that after some talks, Phoenix has tenatively agreed to star in the film as the Clown Prince of Crime.

Reportedly, the actor is the top choice of the upcoming project's writer and director, Todd Philips, and is amenable to the idea of playing the character. Currently, the team is awaiting Warner Bros.' official confirmation before commencing studio negotiation.

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The Joker movie itself is set to be a standalone, and will not in anyway tie-in with the Suicide Squad timeline establish by David Ayer.

Phillips, who has also worked on Road Trip and War Dogs, will direct the movie and co-write it with Scott Silver. And one that looks poised to star Joaquin Phoenix, one of the most enigmatic but fascinating character actors working today.

Back in September, we reported that Leonardo DiCaprio, a frequent collaborator with Scorsese, was originally rumored to be eyed for the role. However, WB has not confirmed it as such, and there was once a time when Phoenix was in talks to play Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange, so don't take it as a done deal.

These films are meant to "expand the canon of the iconic comic-book characters with unique story angles that aren't included in its current cinematic universe", said Variety.

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Phoenix was apparently indecisive about the project at the start.

Wiseau made the declaration on social media, retweeting a post from Variety that announced Phoenix's potential to portray the Joker.

Phoenix now stars in the 2018 flick "Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot".

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