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Joaquin Phoenix's Joker origins movie is officially greenlit

You Were Never Really Here

Story by Jack Foley

JOAQUIN Phoenix has been confirmed to play The Joker in a new origins story being set up at Warner Bros.

Shooting on the film is due to begin in September in New York.

Todd Phillips, the man behind comedy hits such as The Hangover, is directing the film from a script he co-wrote with Scott Silver.

Warner Bros are describing the story as being an “exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale”.

Hence, The Joker stand-alone project is being touted as different from other comic book superhero movies and may even take on a more indie feel given that its budget is believed to be in the $55 million range (much lower than most superhero blockbusters).

As yet, there is no release date for the film.

Incredibly, Warners also has a possible second Joker movie in the works as Jared Leto, who played the character in Suicide Squad, now has his own solo film project in development.

Phoenix, who won a best actor award at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival for Lynne Ramsey’s You Were Never Really Here, next stars in Gus Van Sant’s Don’t Worry He Won’t Get Far on Foot. His other credits include Gladiator, The Master and Her.