Joaquin Phoenix Joker Origin Movie Officially Announced

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We couldn't help but ask the actor why, when he'd been very publicly courted for lead role in Marvel Studios' "Doctor Strange", he would sign on to do this comic book adaptation instead.

Phoenix has previously discussed Leto's work as the Joker and revealed he would take the character in a different direction than his predecessors. BossLogic seems personally into the idea of the Joker origin movie. Will it be The Joker narrating his own origin to the camera, giving Phoenix most of the film to play outside of any makeup and create a dramatic story that won't feature any insane plots or superhero setpieces? Martin Scorsese is on board as a producer, which helped bring a lot of attention to it early on before Joaquin Phoenix was even attached to the part.

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Todd Phillips, most well known for his comedies including Old School, Starsky & Hutch and The Hangover, is lined up to direct.

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.

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Tethered with a budget of $55 million and more expectations than we can count, the Joaquin Phoenix-fronted Joker movie is officially headed for a production start this fall. So this movie won't be connected to movies like Suicide Squad and Justice League.

No release date has yet been set for the still-untitled movie. "Phillips' exploration of a man disregarded by society is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale".

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Look, we get it: making movies is a tough business.

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