Robert De Niro in talks for Joker movie
The Joker origin movie that will stand apart from the DC Extended Universe is making big strides in coming together, officially getting the greenlight earlier this month and setting a release date. Now, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Academy Award winner Robert De Niro is in talks to join Joaquin Phoenix for the film, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
The 74-year-old actor, famous for his many mob roles including Goodfellas and The Godfather Part II, will be making his comic book movie debut if he were to sign on for the film. Plot details are currently being kept under wraps, but the film is set to take place in Gotham in the early ’80s and De Niro would be playing a talk show host who is instrumental to the infamous villain’s origin. Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2) is also in talks for a role in the film.
Under the direction of Todd Phillips (The Hangover franchise), the new 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.
Phillips will direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with writer Scott Silver (The Fighter). The film will be produced by Emma Tillinger Koskoff and executive produced by Richard Baratta and begins production later this year. It will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Joker is set to debut in theaters on October 4, 2019. On that release date the film will go up against Paramount’s Gemini Man from director Ang Lee and Fox’s thriller The Woman in the Window starring Amy Adams.
Warner Bros. is also reportedly in development on a separate Joker feature film which would star Jared Leto as the villain, reprising his role from Suicide Squad.
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