Robert De Niro in talks to join Joaquin Phoenix in Joker movie – report

Robert De Niro is reportedly in talks to join Joaquin Phoenix in the new Joker origins movie.The Raging Bull actor is circling the role of a TV talk show host who plays a big part in the early life of Phoenix’s character, according to Deadline. Should…

Robert De Niro is reportedly in talks to join Joaquin Phoenix in the new Joker origins movie.

The Raging Bull actor is circling the role of a TV talk show host who plays a big part in the early life of Phoenix’s character, according to Deadline.

Should the deal be confirmed, the Joker movie will mark De Niro’s first foray into comic book films.

After months of speculation, studio bosses at Warner Bros. announced last month (Jun18) that Phoenix would play the DC Comics villain and Batman’s arch-nemesis in the film, following in the footsteps of Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and Jared Leto.

Todd Phillips, the man behind the camera for the hit The Hangover comedy franchise, is directing the film from a script he co-wrote with Scott Silver, with the screenplay described as a “gritty character study”.

In addition, Deadpool 2 star Zazie Beetz has been attached to play a single mother who draws the attention of the Joker before he becomes Batman’s nemesis in the project, while The Wrap has reported that Six Feet Under actress Frances Conroy is in talks to play the Joker’s mother.

No other casting details have been announced, though shooting on the film is set to begin in New York City in September. The film has been slated for release in October 2019.

De Niro was most recently seen onscreen in comedies Dirty Grandpa and The Comedian. He has wrapped production on The War with Grandpa, a family movie also starring Uma Thurman and Jane Seymour, and is also returning to his dramatic roots with Martin Scorsese’s biographical crime drama The Irishman, which follows a mob hitman who recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.

The Irishman, which features an ensemble cast including Al Pacino and Bobby Cannavale, is set to hit cinemas in 2019.

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Joaquin Phoenix: ‘Villain origin movie has been on my radar for years’

Joaquin Phoenix has been keen to star in a villain “character study” movie for years, but never thought the Joker would be the protagonist.After months of speculation, Joaquin was recently confirmed as the latest actor to take on Batman’s arch ne…

Joaquin Phoenix has been keen to star in a villain “character study” movie for years, but never thought the Joker would be the protagonist.

After months of speculation, Joaquin was recently confirmed as the latest actor to take on Batman’s arch nemesis, following in the footsteps of Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and Jared Leto.

Unlike other incarnations though, Joaquin’s movie is an origin story, meaning the baddie will be front and centre for the entire feature.

“Three or four years ago, I called my agent and said, ‘Why don’t they want to take one of these characters and just make a lower budget film about it, a movie but a character study, and why not take one of the villains?’ And I thought, ‘You can’t do the Joker, because, you know, it’s just you can’t do that character, it’s just been done’,” he shared in an interview with Collider.

“So I was trying to think of other characters, and he said, ‘I’ll set up a general meeting with Warner Bros.’ And I said, ‘I’m not gonna go, I can’t go to a general meeting.’ So I completely forgot about it, and so then I heard about this idea, I was like, ‘Oh that’s so exciting, that’s the kind of experience I wanted to have, with a movie based on a comic character.’ I felt like you could get something on screen.”

He’s hesitant to call the currently-untitled flick a superhero movie though. In fact, the 43-year-old, who last year won the Best Actor prize at Cannes for his dark turn as ex-veteran Joe in Lynne Ramsay’s You Were Never Really Here, says it doesn’t neatly fit into any genre.

“I wouldn’t say it’s a superhero movie, or a studio movie or a… It feels unique, and I think more than anything, and probably the most important thing, is Todd (Phillips, director) seems very passionate about it and very giving, and so that’s exciting,” he stated.

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Joaquin Phoenix officially set to star in Joker origin film

Joaquin Phoenix will portray mad Batman villain the Joker in a new origin movie, following months of rumours about the project.The Walk the Line star has been attached to the film for quite a while, but he has consistently played coy about the gossip, …

Joaquin Phoenix will portray mad Batman villain the Joker in a new origin movie, following months of rumours about the project.

The Walk the Line star has been attached to the film for quite a while, but he has consistently played coy about the gossip, telling Collider in April (18) he simply didn’t know if he had the part.

All doubt has now disappeared after bosses at Warner Bros. signed a contract with Phoenix for the lead role in the DC Comics picture.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Joaquin will begin shooting the movie in New York in September (18).

The outlet reports the budget for the blockbuster will be in the range of $55 million (£42 million).

Todd Phillips, the man behind the camera for the hit The Hangover comedy franchise, is directing the film from a script he co-wrote with Scott Silver.

Studio bosses describe the plotline as an “exploration of a man disregarded by society (that) is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale”.

Joaquin isn’t the only star set to play the Joker in a new film – Jared Leto will reprise his Suicide Squad role as the villain in a standalone spinoff.

Phoenix has previously discussed Leto’s work as the Joker and revealed he would take the character in a different direction than his predecessors.

“I think that genre, comic books, kind of lends itself to having different people play the same character and interpret it in a different way,” he told Collider. “It’s kind of built into the source material in some ways. I think it’s cool when people do that.”

Joaquin’s Joker film could be released as early as 2019.

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