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Joaquin Phoenix Could Take Lead in the Untitled Joker Origin Movie

Joaquin Phoenix Could Take Lead in the Untitled Joker Origin Movie

Warner Bros and DC are now in the initial stages of the spinoff which will tell the origin story of The Joker.

Insiders have revealed that Jared Leto's iteration of the famous villain, last seen in 2016's Suicide Squad, will continue to play out in other DC Comics projects, as Phoenix's film will have no effect on Leto's role whatsoever.

Tommy Wiseau, the famed writer/director/producer/star of the cult classic, The Room is expressing interest in playing the Joker for the Martin Scorsese-produced standalone Joker film to be directed by Todd Phillips.

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.

Nonetheless, as of this writing, Warner Bros has not yet issued an official statement to confirm the veracity of the reports saying Phoenix will play the Joker in the Clown Prince's origin story. Will Joaquin Phoenix follow through with the role?

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Phillips is also on board to co-write the feature film alongside Scott Silver with rumors that the new Joker film may take place in the 1980's and would serve as an origin story for the titular Batman villain.

As alluded to earlier, Leto will not be featured in this film, since the movie would fall under a yet-to-be-announced new banner of DC Comics that would give rise to a whole new set of original storylines.

Back in September, we reported that Leonardo DiCaprio, a frequent collaborator with Scorsese, was originally rumored to be eyed for the role.

Phoenix was apparently indecisive about the project at the start.

Phoenix was considered for the role of Lex Luthor in "Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice". He has most recently starred in Lynne Ramsay's You Were Never Really Here, Gus Van Sant's Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot and Garth Davis's Mary Magdalene.


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