Joaquin Phoenix Finally Gears Up To Play Joker

As DC Films gears up for production on its upcoming Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix, the actor flashed a sinister smile while attending the Deauville American Film Festival.

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And he’s not just getting the creepy, sinister smile of the Joker down, recent photos of Phoenix also indicate the actor has lost weight for the role.

Joaquin Phoenix, attending the Deauville American Film Festival.

Here’s some other photos from the Deauville American Film Festival where you can see that Phoenix has lost weight for the role:

Phoenix and DC Films’ Joker movie will be directed by The Hangover’s Todd Phillips. The film is also starring Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz, Frances Conroy, and Marc Maron.

The film will be a low-budget movie set outside the DC Extended Universe. It is expected to take place in the 80s and will draw influence from The King of Comedy.

Phoenix previously described the film:

“I wouldn’t quite classify this as like any genre. I wouldn’t say it’s a superhero movie, or a studio movie or a … It feels unique, and I think more than anything, and probably the most important thing, is Todd seems very passionate about it and very giving, and so that’s exciting. I think, underneath the excitement of these films, and the size of them, there are these incredible characters that are dealing with real life struggles. And sometimes that is uncovered and exposed, and sometimes it isn’t, and so I always felt, like, there were characters in comics that were really interesting and deserve the opportunity to be kind of studied. And so I think that’s what Todd sees appealing about this idea.”

Phoenix admitted that the role “scares the f***ing s**t” out of him:

“Writers and directors and fans have their expectations, and they’ve imagined things in their head, and they’ve imagined different actors, and suddenly you take it on and so there’s this moment of anxiety of ‘Did I live up to their expectations?’”.

The three-time Oscar nominee has some big shoes to fill, following fan-adored interpretations of Batman’s arch nemesis from Heath Ledger, Jack Nicholson, Cesar Romero, and even Mark Hamill’s animated version.


Joker is expected to hit theaters on October 4, 2019.