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Joaquin Phoenix to play 'Joker' in origin movie?

IANS  |  Los Angeles 

Three-time nominee and winner is in talks to play in and Todd Phillips' untitled origin movie.

While studio negotiations are not yet underway, Phillips has made it clear that Phoenix is the top choice to star in the movie, reports variety.com.

Phillips is on board to co-write and direct the movie. He had met with Phoenix before the new year and was just waiting for the studio's go-ahead, according to a source.

Jared Leto, who starred in "Suicide Squad" as is still on board as the character in the DC universe. Phoenix's character has no effect on what happens with Leto's character in future DC films.

The movie falls 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.

Leto played in "Suicide Squad" and is likely to reprise that role in "2", but will not be featured in this

Rumours have it that was the first person approached to star in Phillips' standalone film, though that didn't pan out.

will join Phillips as a on the film, which will delve into what it took for the Joker to become a criminal mastermind.

The plot of the movie will be set in the 1980s and have more of the look of a gritty crime drama than comic-book movie.

Phoenix was considered for another villainous DC role in the past: in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice", but he passed on that role, which ultimately went to

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 13:30 IST
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