Joker Movie Aiming to Cast Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquin Phoenix The Joker DC Comics

The Walk the Line star is reportedly in talks for the lead role in the upcoming standalone Joker movie by The Hangover filmmaker Todd Phillips.

The potential Joaquin movie would have nothing to do with the DC universe Joker film that is also now in the works starring Jared Leto, after he played the villain in the 2016 film Suicide Squad.

Variety reports that three-time Oscar-nominee Joaquin Phoenix is being eyed by Warner Bros. for the part.

In case you forgot, there are now two competing stand-alone Joker movies in the works.

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"Todd Phillips" Joker movie is apparently an origin tale for the iconic charcater.

There had been rumors that Leonardo DiCaprio would take on the role but the plan fell through.

The film falls under the yet to be announced banner of DC Comics, which gives the studio the opportunity to expand the canon of the insane comic book character with story angles that aren't included in its current cinematic universe. The Joker has been iconically portrayed by many different actors over the years. In fairness, the Joker has obviously earned other great performers a trophy nod (Jack Nicholson snagged a Golden Globe nomination for Tim Burton's Batman), and even a posthumous Supporting Actor win (Heath Ledger for Chris Nolan's The Dark Knight). In addition, the Joker origin story is reportedly set to fall under a new banner of DC features at Warner Bros. that are not connected to the DCEU continuity. If Phillips is able to ultimately nab Phoenix for the role, this would be his first comic book movie bout, as Phoenix previously turned down the roles of Lex Luthor for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Marvel Studios' Doctor Strange.

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