Joaquin Phoenix Could Take Lead in the Untitled Joker Origin Movie

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Joaquin Phoenix is in consideration to play the Joker in Todd Phillips' stand-alone origin story set in Gotham City, Vanity Fair noted.

Sources say Phoenix has agreed to the role but has not yet entered negotiations with studio Warner Bros., who were reportedly eyeing Academy Award victor Leonardo DiCaprio in September.

Joaquin Phoenix is reportedly in talks to assume the villainous role of The Joker in an upcoming Batman prequel. Also, Wiseau has a distinctive laugh that would certainly differentiate himself from previous actors such as Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger and most recently, Jared Leto.

The studio had tapped The Hangover director Todd Phillips a year ago to co-write a script with scribe Scott Silver.

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Joaquin Phoenix is talented enough to produce a range of characters that go every which way but through his portrayal of the nefarious villain of Commodus in Gladiator, an intellectual savant and the guy that was loved to be hated we believe he is flawless for the role of The Joker.

The Room director and The Disaster Artist subject Tommy Wiseau asked Phillips to DM him on Twitter yesterday evening regarding the role.

According to Variety the origin film, that is yet to be named, will take place in the 1980s and show how the Joker came to be the criminal mastermind that he is. Phoenix did, however, previously pass on playing both Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Disney-Marvel's Doctor Strange, so maybe there's hope after all.

The film falls under a yet-to-be-announced new banner of DC Comics, which would give the studio the opportunity to expand the canon of the iconic comic-book characters with unique story angles that aren't included in its current cinematic universe. The as-yet-untitled project will assume the style of a crime drama as opposed to a typical comic book hero production.

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