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Joaquin Phoenix In Talks To Play Joker In Todd Phillips' Standalone Film

09 February 2018, 05:17 | Jermaine Blake

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Jared Leto is still expected to play the Joker in DC Films' planned Suicide Squad sequel.

Variety reports that Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to star in The Joker origin movie that Warner Bros.is working on.

Well, this sounds just about flawless: Joaquin Phoenix ... as The Joker. Initial reports indicated that Phillips movie would be executive produced by Martin Scorsese. However, after a meeting with Phillips, Phoenix is said to have had time to mull the role over and has agreed to sign on.

"Phillips" film on the other hand, will dive deeper into the Joker's past and how he became the criminal mastermind fans know and love (to hate).

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Phoenix comes to the role that was previously rumored to be Leonardo DiCaprio's. Warner Bros. continues to develop a solo movie for The Joker, Batman and comicdom's greatest villain. According to Variety's sources, the story will take place in the "80s and be less comic-movie and more "gritty crime drama".

Joaquin Phoenix was also up to play Lex Luthor in Batman vs. Superman and Doctor Strange for Marvel, but passed on those roles.

He was nearly Doctor Strange, to the point where there were rumors he was going to be announced at SDCC until both parties went other directions. Two different film Jokers is only a small step beyond that, and Phoenix would no doubt provide his own unique but twisted interpretation to go into a pantheon that already includes showstopping performances by Jack Nicholson and Heath Ledger. It's now Phillips who is fighting to get the multiple Academy Award nominee onboard with the project with the studio heads at Warner Bros.



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