Joaquin Phoenix in talks to play The Joker in standalone film

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

It has been reported that Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to play The Joker in Warner Bros. and Todd Phillips' forthcoming yet-to-be-titled character origin movie, but it seems there is another interested party.

To recall, it was past year when Warner Bros announced that it would be producing a solo "Joker" movie that will be separate from the studio's current brand of DC movies, the DCEU, which interconnects the story of other DC movies.

According to reports, Joaquin Phoenix has already agreed to play the role of the Joker, but the talks just need to go through.

The Room director and The Disaster Artist subject Tommy Wiseau asked Phillips to DM him on Twitter yesterday evening regarding the role.

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In addition to directing, Phillips will help write the script while film icon, Martin Scorsese, will serve as producer for the gritty film that will follow the character's life in Gotham City and his road to becoming the infamous supervillain. Rumors circulated that Leonardo DiCaprio was the first person approached to star in Phillips' standalone film, though that didn't pan out.

And while Phoenix has turned down several other comic book cinematic roles including Lex Luthor in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice", according to Variety, it would seem that he is keen to experiment with the Joker's character.

The film is set to take place in the 1980s, and will primarily focus on the events that led The Joker to become iconic deplorable with a penchant for terror.

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. 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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