Robert De Niro In Talks For A Key Role In Joaquin Phoenix's JOKER

Robert De Niro In Talks For A Key Role In Joaquin Phoenix's JOKER

Comic-Con may be over, but the comic book movie news season is just heating up as a new report has confirmed that the legendary Robert De Niro is indeed in talks to join Joaquin Phoenix's Joker movie.

The Hollywood Reporter has learned that 2x Academy Award-winner Robert De Niro is currently in talks to join Warner Bros.' upcoming Joker movie, which will star 3x Academy Award-nominee Joaquin Phoenix in the title role.

If/when his deal closes, he'll portray a talk show host that will have an integral role to play in the Joker's descent into madness and ascension to the Clown Prince of Crime. Variety adds that the Joker script shares some similarities with Martin Scorsese's The King of Comedy, which starred De Niro as a struggling comedian who kidnaps a popular talk show host to get famous - except, this time, the roles will be reversed as Phoenix will play the comedian while De Niro tackles the role of an arrogant host. 

Todd Phillips (The Hangover) is helming the standalone feature, which carries a modest $55 million production budget, with a script he co-wrote alongside Scott Silver (The Fighter). Plot details remain under lock-and-key at Arkham Asylum, but the story is expected to be set in Gotham City during the early 1980s. 

Production is expected to begin this September in New York and WB has already dated the film for an October 4, 2019 release.
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