Tommy Wiseau Wants to Play The Joker in Todd Phillips' Film

Joaquin Phoenix In Talks to Play The Joker In DC/Warner Bros. Standalone Movie

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The movie would fall under a yet-to-be-announced new banner of DC Comics, which would give the studio the opportunity to expand the canon of the iconic comic-book characters with unique story angles that aren't included in its current cinematic universe. Suddenly, DC Comics' recent announcement that the Joker's real name, long left deliberately unknown, is Jack Napier (a callback to the 1989 Tim Burton Batman movie) makes a lot more sense from a synergy perspective.

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After it was reported that Academy Award-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to play the Joker in director Todd Phillips and producer Martin Scorsese's standalone film, Tommy Wiseau - the eccentric and unforgettable writer, director, and star of the cult classic pic The Room - expressed interest in playing the Clown Prince of Crime himself. Currently, the team is awaiting Warner Bros.' official confirmation before commencing studio negotiation. Hence, it goes without saying that, in the event that Phoenix really top-bills the upcoming project, Jared Leto will still be the Joker in the DCEU brand, including in the upcoming "Suicide Squad 2".

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Phillips' film, which he co-wrote with The Fighter and The Finest Hours scribe Scott Silver, is said to chronicle the Joker's early days as he rises to power as a criminal roaming and ruling the streets in the 1980s. Sources say the story will take place in the '80s and have more of the look of a gritty crime drama than comic-book movie. He was also in talks for Disney-Marvel's "Doctor Strange", but passed on that as well. The "War Dogs" producer reportedly approached Phoenix about the role before the new year and he has now made a decision to accept. Phillips had allegedly met with Phoenix sometime in December to successfully convince the Inherent Vice actor to assume the role of The Joker.

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