Disappointment Blvd.: Joaquin Phoenix to Star in A24 & Ari Aster’s New Film
Oscar winner Joaquin Phoenix (Joker, Gladiator, The Master) is on board to star in Disappointment Blvd. from director Ari Aster (Hereditary, Midsommar) and producers A24, who will also finance the project, according to Deadline.
Details are being kept under wraps on the film, which will be written and directed by Aster. The outlet notes, however, that the plot is described as “an intimate, decades-spanning portrait of one of the most successful entrepreneurs of all time.”
Aster and Lars Knudsen will also produce alongside A24 via their Square Peg production company. A start date on filming has not yet officially been set, though it is possible Phoenix will shoot Disappointment Blvd. before production begins on Ridley Scott’s (The Martian, Gladiator, Black Hawk Down) Kitbag as Scott is currently in pre-production on his crime drama mystery Gucci starring Jared Leto, Al Pacino, Adam Driver, and Jack Huston.
In Kitbag, Phoenix will play the 19th-century French emperor Napoleon Bonaparte. As previously reported, the film’s title stems from the saying, “There is a general’s staff hidden in every soldier’s kitbag.” David Scarpa (All the Money in the World) is penning the script that is being produced by Scott and Kevin Walsh for Scott Free. Apple Studios will finance and produce the biopic epic.
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