Joaquin Phoenix in talks to play The Joker in DC origin movie

The Joker is always a coveted character for actors to play, and the next Joker might be legendary character actor Joaquin Phoenix

Emily Treadgold

Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to be the next Joker in the untitled Joker origin movie by Todd Phillips. Studio negotiations are still happening but Phoenix is definitely the top choice and after he took some time to think it over a source said he agreed to the role. Rumors even said that Leonardo DiCaprio was in the running but that didn't work out.

Phillips is on board to co-write and direct the movie. Phillips had met with Phoenix before the new year and was just waiting for the studios go-ahead, sources say.


Philips is co-writing and directing. He met with Phoenix earlier but was waiting for the okay from Warner Bros. Jared Leto who played the Joker in "Suicide Squad" is still playing the role in the DC Universe, but Phoneix's new role won't be affecting that. 


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