Joaquin Phoenix in talks to play Joker in Martin Scorsese's standalone film

Joaquin Phoenix in talks to play Joker in Martin Scorsese's standalone film

Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to play the Clown Prince of Crime in Warner Bros. and Todd Phillips' untitled Joker origin movie.

Variety reports that sources have confirmed "while studio negotiations are not yet underway, Phillips has made it clear that Phoenix is the top choice to star, ' and what's more, Joaquin has 'agreed" to the role.

For concerned fans, we can tell you that Phoenix's role will have no impact on Jared Leto's Joker from Suicide Squad and his future with DC.

To recall, it was previous year when Warner Bros announced that it would be producing a solo "Joker" movie that will be separate from the studio's current brand of DC movies, the DCEU, which interconnects the story of other DC movies. He was previously in the frame for the role of Lex Luthor in another DC movie, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, which ultimately went to Jesse Eisenberg, and was in talks to play Marvel superhero Doctor Strange, who was played by Benedict Cumberbatch. Phillips had allegedly met with Phoenix sometime in December to successfully convince the Inherent Vice actor to assume the role of The Joker.

The "War Dogs" producer reportedly approached Phoenix about the role before the new year and he has now chose to accept.

The proposed origin story will exist in a separate continuity strand to Suicide Squad and other DC Extended Universe films such as Justice League and Wonder Woman in a new series of standalone stories.

Scott Silver will join Phillips as a co-writer on the film, which will delve into what it took for the Joker to become a criminal mastermind. Sources are saying that Phillips" story will take place in the "80s and will take the form of a gritty crime drama, rather than your typical comic-book movie. He was most recently seen in the Gus Van Sant film "He Won't Get Far on Foot".

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