Joker (upcoming film)
|Directed by||Todd Phillips|
|Music by||Hildur Guðnadóttir|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
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Joker is an upcoming American crime film based on the DC Comics character of the same name. The film will explore the Joker's origin story, set within Gotham City during the 1980s, and will be directed by Todd Phillips, from a screenplay written by Phillips and Scott Silver. It will star Joaquin Phoenix in the title role. Principal photography is set to commence in September 2018 with a release date of October 4, 2019.
- Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck / The Joker
- Zazie Beetz as Sophie Dumond
- Robert De Niro
- Frances Conroy as Penny Fleck
- Marc Maron
- Bryan Callen
On August 22, 2017, Deadline reported that Warner Bros. and DC Films were developing a film about the origin story of the Joker, and it would be the first film in a series unconnected to the DC Extended Universe. The studio had hired The Hangover's Todd Phillips to direct the film and co-write the screenplay along with Scott Silver, while Martin Scorsese would be producing. On September 1, 2017, it was reported that Warner Bros. was considering casting Leonardo DiCaprio as the Joker. In February 2018, it was reported that Joaquin Phoenix was the top choice of Phillips to play the Joker. The film was planned to begin filming late 2018 with a budget of $55 million. By June 2018, Robert De Niro was being eyed for a supporting role. A month later, De Niro entered negotiations to join the film as "a talk show host."
In July 2018, the film was greenlit with Phoenix cast in the title role, and filming set to commence in September 2018. Scorsese had left the project, while Emma Tillinger Koskoff came on board to produce. Additionally, Zazie Beetz joined the cast to portray "a single mother who catches the interest of the man who will become the 'clown prince of crime'." Meanwhile, Frances McDormand declined an offer to portray the mother of the Joker, and Frances Conroy was in talks for the role. At the end of the month, Marc Maron also joined the cast to portray "an agent on Robert De Niro's [character's] talk show who plays a part in booking Phoenix's character", and Bryan Callen was cast as a comedian.
In August 2018, Alec Baldwin was announced as being in talks to play Thomas Wayne, but he was no longer involved two days later. A September 10 filming start was set. Hildur Guðnadóttir was hired to compose the music for the film.
The film is scheduled to be released on October 4, 2019 by Warner Bros. Pictures.
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