Date: 9th February 2018
Joaquin Phoenix is top of the list to play The Joker, in the upcoming origins movie that DC has planned...
Casting is starting to ramp up for the planned Joker origins movie, that The Hangover director Todd Phillips is putting together. This is the film that won’t see Jared Leto – the incumbent Joker – reprise the role he debuted in Suicide Squad. That said, Leto is expected to appear as The Joker in more DC movies in due course.
Phillips, instead, seems to have settled on Joaquin Phoenix as his choice to lead his movie.
It had previously been reported that Leonardo DiCaprio was in serious talks to play the Clown Prince of Crime, but sources close to Warner Bros. now say that Joaquin Phoenix is the frontrunner. After the failure of Justice League at the box office, many assumed that the Joker movie wasn't going to happen anymore, but it appears that the movie is still very much in development.
Source: Press Release