Joaquin Phoenix to star in Joker origin story for Warner Bros

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Joaquin isn't the only star set to play the Joker in a new film - Jared Leto will reprise his Suicide Squad role as the villain in a standalone spinoff.

Word comes from The Hollywood Reporter that the film is a go, with Phoenix definitely onboard and shooting scheduled to begin in September in NY, with an estimated budget of $55m.

There is speculation that it will also have a quick turnaround and may be in cinemas as early as late 2019.

Whatever the case may be, Phoenix is one of the finest actors of his generation and watching him portray the gradual descent of a normal man into the deranged mind of the Joker will be fascinating. " This description, coupled with reports that DC has multiple Joker films in development, leads to the burning question: Who, exactly, is this "cautionary tale" for?"

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Under the direction of Todd Phillips (The Hangover franchise), the new film centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. The film will be produced by Emma Tillinger Koskoff and executive produced by Richard Baratta and begins production later this year.

Are you excited to see what Phoenix brings to the Joker?

The budget is also significantly lower than most "superhero" films at around $55million. I don't really care about the genre, I care about the character and the filmmaker.

The film, which is not connected to the DC Extended Universe, does not yet have a release date.

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