Joaquin Phoenix In Talks To Play The Joker In '80s-Set Origin Movie

With all the superhero movies doing the rounds lately, it's almost easy to forget that the most unlikely twosome is about to roll out a DC Comics feature. Yup, Martin Scorsese and Todd Phillips have teamed up to bring us a new Joker origins movie. 

While Jake Gyllenhaal and Leonardo DiCaprio have been at the center of rumors surrounding the leading role up to now, a new name has just been thrown into the mix. As Variety reports, Joaquin Phoenix is now said to be in talks to join the Warner Bros picture. 

Joaquin Phoenix in The Master. (Photo: Metropolitan Filmexport)

Apparently Phoenix has already accepted the role and official negotiations are to begin soon – despite no public confirmation from the studio. The 43-year-old actor is said to be the Phillip's first choice and the pair is said to have met up at the end of last year to discuss the role. 

Don't get too excited, though, because there's still some way to go before the project starts production. As a standalone film, the feature is to be completely separate from the established DC cinematic universe formed by the likes of Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, Wonder Woman and Justice League.

Miles away from featuring anything like Jared Leto's Joker, the film will retrace the origins of the villain in 1980s' Gotham City. In a twist to the usual comics movie formula, the project is described more as a gritty crime drama with a film noir edge. 

As wonderful as Joaquin Phoenix is, we're confused as to why he's been chosen for an origin story, given that he's around the same age as Jared Leto (the former is 43, the latter, 46). The world of cinema works in mysterious ways.  

In the meantime, we'll be seeing Leto sport the sinister costume a handful of times in Suicide Squad 2, the Joker and Harley Quinn spinoff, and maybe even in Gotham Sirens.

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