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Joaquin Phoenix in talks to play Joker in standalone film

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

Joaquin is in negotiations to play the iconic DC villain in a standalone film.

and DC are currently in the initial stages of the spinoff which will tell the origin story of

The studio had tapped "The Hangover" directer Todd Phillips last year to co-write a script with scribe Scott Silver.

Phillips will also direct the movie, while Martin Scorsese will produce it with him.

Phillips has made it clear to the studio that is his top choice for the character. Sources told Variety that has agreed after thinking over it. is yet to comment on the casting reports.

This will be the first film under a new banner that has yet to be named in which can expand the canon of DC properties and create unique storylines with different actors playing the iconic characters.

has memorably been part of two movies in the form of and Heath Ledger, and was most recently played by in the first "Suicide Squad" film.

He will reprise in the "Suicide Squad" sequel and the Harley Quinn spinoff.

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 10:50 IST