It comes through the grapevine that Joaquin Phoenix is now in talks to become the crime prince of Gotham in the upcoming untitled Joker origin movie. While studio negotiations are not yet underway, sources told Variety that the "Walk the Line" star has agreed to the role.
The Joker origin story standalone movie is moving ahead at DC and Warner Bros. with Joaquin Phoenix as the top choice for the lead role......
Joaquin Phoenix is talented enough to produce a range of characters that go every which way but through his portrayal of the nefarious villain of Commodus in Gladiator, an intellectual savant and the guy that was loved to be hated we believe he is ideal for the role of The Joker.
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The "War Dogs" producer reportedly approached Phoenix about the role before the new year and he has now made a decision to accept.
While studio negotiations haven't started yet, according to Variety, Phoenix was approached by Phillips late a year ago and early talks have already begun.
Phoenix has been considered for another villainous DC role in the past: Lex Luthor in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice", but passed on that role, which ultimately went to Jesse Eisenberg.
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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.
Sources said the upcoming movie, which delves into the Joker's transformation into criminal mastermind, will be grittier than the more polished comic-book movies we have seen recently. The as-yet-untitled project will assume the style of a crime drama as opposed to a typical comic book hero production.
This will be the first film under a new banner that has yet to be named in which WB can expand the canon of DC properties and create unique storylines with different actors playing the iconic characters.
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