'Deadpool 2' Breakout Zazie Beetz Joins Joaquin Phoenix in 'Joker'

Carla Harmon
July 20, 2018

The studio announced last week that Joaquin Phoenix finalized a deal to star in the movie, directed by "The Hangover" director Todd Phillips. Emma Tillinger Koskoff and Richard Baratta, whose producing credits include Martin Scorsese's "The Wolf of Wall Street", are attached as producers.

The Hollywood Reporter says that Beetz, who broke out playing the character of Van on Donald Glover's FX series Atlanta, is now in talks to join Joker, WB's standalone movie about the origins of Gotham City's Clown Prince of Crime.

But Phoenix is signed on, and he thinks the Joker "could be an interesting character" to play, according to a Fandango interview, while seeing this thing "as any other movie".

The Oscar-winning Phoenix will be the third actor to portray Joker on the big screen, after Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and Jared Leto. Like Alan Moore and artist Brian Bolland's famous comic The Killing Joke, this 1980s-set movie will portray the Joker as a failed comedian.

Will we see Joker material at Warner Bros.' Comic-Con panel this Saturday? While we've been hearing about the film for a while now and all the associated casting drama with it, as far as we know it's yet to actually enter production.

Expect the Joaquin Phoenix Joker movie to cackle all the way into theaters on October 4th, 2019.

Speaking to Collider about taking on the role of Joker, Phoenix said he had been looking forward to a film like this for years.

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