Todd Phillips‘ upcoming Joker movie keeps getting more and more interesting, as the director has shared yet another official photo of Joaquin Phoenix‘s Arthur Fleck today that presents a way different version of the titular villain than we had been seeing in other photos. The photo is captured “Work,” showing Fleck as more of a traditional “birthday party” clown.
Perhaps Fleck *begins* as a birthday clown, and transforms into something more sinister..?
In addition to the previously announced Frances Conroy, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Marc Maron, and Brett Cullen as Thomas Wayne, we learned last week that the film also stars Bill Camp (Red Sparrow), Shea Whigham (Kong: Skull Island), Glenn Fleshler (“True Detective”), Josh Pais (“Ray Donovan”) and Douglas Hodge (“Penny Dreadful”).
Joaquin Phoenix is our new Joker, aka Arthur Fleck.
While story details are being kept under wraps, it has been previously reported that the origin story for Batman’s nemesis will be more of a mid-budget crime thriller than a superhero blockbuster. The film will reportedly be made on a $55 million production budget, with it being described as “darker and more experimental in tone and content.”
The screenplay for Joker is co-written by Phillips (The Hangover trilogy) and writer Scott Silver (The Fighter), and based on characters from DC. It’s being produced by Phillips and Bradley Cooper under their Joint Effort banner, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. It’s executive produced by Richard Baratta, Joseph Garner and Bruce Berman.
The Joker will arrive on October 4, 2019.
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