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Joaquin Phoenix officially on board for The Joker origin movie

Press Trust of India  |  Los Angeles 

origin movie with in the lead is now officially greenlit at

Phoenix, whose name had been doing the rounds to star as Batman's arch-nemesis for a long time, recently finalised the deal.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the shooting is set to begin in September in

is directing the film, which the studio describes as being an "exploration of a man disregarded by society (that) is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale".

The standalone is meant to be darker and more experimental in tone and content and is being described as a crime drama.

The project's budget is in the USD 55 million range, significantly lower than what studios generally allot for a film belonging to the superhero/villain genre.

Phillips co-wrote the script with

The release date is yet to be announced by Warners.

Meanwhile, Jared Leto, who played in "Suicide Squad", may also be getting a solo as the Clown Prince of Crime, also under

has memorably been part of two Batman movies with and portraying the part.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 16:30 IST