Brett Cullen to play Thomas Wayne in Todd Phillips’ Joker
Brett Cullen (Ghost Rider, Narcos, Person of Interest) has joined director Todd Phillips’ Joker movie as Thomas Wayne, Comic Book has confirmed. Cullen will play opposite Joaquin Phoenix as The Joker (aka Arthur Fleck) in the Warner Bros. Pictures origin movie.
Alec Baldwin was originally cast as Bruce Wayne/Batman’s father, but a scheduling conflict forced him to drop the part. The outlet notes that the Thomas Wayne fans can expect in the upcoming feature will not be so friendly and will have some part to play in The Joker’s origin story.
Phillips is co-writing and directing the Joker film. It will explore the life of a man destined to become Gotham City’s Clown Prince of Crime. The story takes place in the ’80s, outside of the DC Extended Universe series of films. Early word suggests that Joker‘s tone is being compared to Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy. That’s fitting, because Scorsese is also co-producing the Joker movie.
Joaquin Phoenix is slated to play the title character of Joker, with Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz and Marc Maron playing supporting roles. Joker is now filming in New York City, and it is expected to hit theaters on October 4, 2019.
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