Robert De Niro is in talks to join Joaquin Phoenix and Zazie Beetz in Warner Bros. Pictures‘ upcoming Joker movie from The Hangover director Todd Phillips, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The trade says that De Niro would play a talk show host who is instrumental in the Joker’s origin.
In related news, TheWrap is also reporting that Frances Conroy is in talks to play the Joker’s mother, Penny, in the film.
Warner Bros. Pictures recently set an October 4, 2019 release date for the Todd Phillips-directed Joker. The film centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of a man disregarded by society is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.
Beetz (Deadpool 2, Atlanta) will play a single mother who catches the interest of the man who will become the Clown Prince of Crime.
Phillips will direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with writer Scott Silver (The Fighter). The film will be produced by Emma Tillinger Koskoff and executive produced by Richard Baratta. The film is expected to begin production in September in New York.
The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.