Todd Phillips, the director of the upcoming Joker origin movie, posted a digital camera take a look at of Joaquin Phoenix Friday on Instagram. Phoenix performs the notorious villain within the at present untitled film, which is slated to hit theaters on Oct. four, 2019.
Within the video, Phoenix seems as “Arthur,” till his face is interspersed with photographs of him because the Joker. The digital camera steadily pulls in nearer and we solely see him because the grinning villain, along with his signature white face and purple lips. The video, set to “Laughing” by the Canadian band The Guess Who, ends when his expression out of the blue falls.
Phillips posted a photograph on Sunday of Phoenix dressed up in a button-up shirt and jacket, with the caption: “Arthur.” That is possible the Joker’s identify earlier than he adopts his present moniker.
Phillips, who co-wrote the script with Scott Silver, stated the movie is supposed to be an “exploration of a person disregarded by society that isn’t solely a gritty character examine, but in addition a broader cautionary story.”
Robert De Niro is in talks to affix the film as a talk-show host who performs a task in driving Phoenix’s character to insanity. The script has ties to De Niro’s “King of Comedy,” which options the actor as a failing comic who kidnaps a well-liked talk-show host to achieve fame. For the Joker film, the roles would evidently be reversed, with De Niro taking part in the smug host. Zazie Beetz and Marc Maron additionally star within the pic.
Warner Bros. has stated the Phoenix characteristic may have no impact on its DC Universe, which noticed Jared Leto taking part in the Joker in “Suicide Squad.” The studio can also be creating its personal standalone Joker movie that may star Leto.
This story initially appeared in Selection.