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Joaquin Phoenix to Play The Joker in Todd Phillips’ Standalone Movie — Report

Joaquin Phoenix to Play The Joker in Todd Phillips’ Standalone Movie — Report

Joaquin Phoenix is getting ready to follow in the footsteps of Jack Nicholson, Heath Ledger, and Jared Leto by playing the next iteration of The Joker on the big screen. Variety reports that “The Master” actor is circling the role for Todd Phillips’ upcoming standalone movie. Negotiations have not taken place yet, but Phillips tells Variety that Phoenix is the top choice for the job and sources reportedly say he’s agreed to the role.

Phillips, best known as the director of “The Hangover” trilogy, is co-writing and directing the movie, which is a part of the DC Extended Universe that includes films like “Justice League” and “Wonder Woman.” The standalone Joker film is expected to be a prequel of sorts that finds the character rising through the criminal underworld to become a mob king. Leonardo DiCaprio was originally a top choice for the role but that didn’t pan out.

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