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Joaquin Phoenix cast as Joker in new origin film
Joaquin Phoenix cast as Joker in the upcoming standalone origin film. Photo: Variety/DC

Joaquin Phoenix cast as Joker in new origin film

Warner Bros confirmed Joker’s stand-alone film starring award-winning actor Joaquin Phoenix is in the works. Joaquin Phoenix has finalized a deal to play The Joker in a new origin film from director Todd Phillips.

According to The Hollywood Reporter the film will be based on the Joker’s origin’s feature by Todd Phillips’ who co-wrote the film alongside The Fighter’s Scott Silver.

The Walk the Line actor Phoenix has finalised a deal to star as the arch-nemesis of Batman, with shooting set to begin in September this year.

As per Warner Bros official press announcement, “the film centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen.

Phillips’ exploration of a man disregarded by society is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale”.

However, this is not the only Joker movie in the works. A second stand-alone movie with Jared Leto, who played the character in Suicide Squad, is also in development.

No release date for the movie has been given by the studio as yet. But there’s a chance it could be released in late 2019, Variety reports.