Joaquin Phoenix now officially confirmed as Joker

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However, this is not the only Joker movie in the works.

Todd Phillips is set to direct the film and co-wrote the screenplay with Scott Silver while The Wolf of Wall Street producer Emma Tillinger Koskoff is on board with Richard Baratta serving as executive producer.

After months of industry rumors and speculation, Warner Bros.is actually moving forward with their Joker origin film, with Academy Award-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix having been officially cast in the title role.

Jared Leto still reportedly has that solo Joker movie in development, so as of now it doesn't sound like Joaquin's film will definitely replace Jared's.

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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.

As you'd expect from a film about the Joker, the chaotic mastermind at the heart of the best Batman film to date, it is set to be darker and more experimental than any comic book origin story that has come before. According to insiders, the Oscar-winner will not only will be back for the "Suicide Squad" sequel, Warner Bros.is also developing his own standalone movie that will be separate from Phoenix's Joker project. "I wouldn't say... 'I won't do Westerns.' It depends on what it is".

The idea of changing the Joker from a young husband and future father into a solitary, social pariah living with his invalid mother makes the villain an even more tragic figure. I don't really care about the genre, I care about the character and the filmmaker.

However insiders claim the finished film could be ready for a late 2019 release.

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