We’re talking about the Joaquin Phoenix Joker movie, not the Jared Leto one. The Joaquin version will be directed by Tha Hangover‘s Todd Phillips and is said be a darker, low budget character exploration, not a CGI fight-fest.
The always brilliant Frances Conroy (AHS: Coven, Six Feet Under) has been tapped to play the Joker’s mother. Casting description below.
“Supporting Female (60-74) Caucasian. Lower class, very attractive in her younger days, still feels that way about herself. But recently her health has started failing, and she’s nearly bedridden in her Lower East Side apartment which she shares with her grown son who just moved back home. She’s obsessed with her former employer and can’t believe that this is what her life has come to, that she has ended up here, like this.”
De Niro will likely play a play a talk show host who is somehow instrumental in the Joker’s origin.
In March, a report suggested that the film would follow the Joker as an ’80s comedian, who turns to a life of crime after his stand-up career fails. And as it turns out, Phoenix has had that sort of idea kicking around in his head for quite some time.
“Three or four years ago, I called my agent and said ‘Why don’t they want to take one of these characters and just make a lower budget film about it, a movie but a character study, and why not take one of the villains?’” Phoenix revealed in a recent interview. “And I thought, ‘You can’t do the Joker, because, you know, it’s just you can’t do that character, it’s just been done.’ So I was trying to think of other characters, and he said ‘I’ll set up a general meeting with Warner Bros.’ And I said ‘I’m not gonna go, I can’t go to a general meeting.’ So I completely forgot about it, and so then I heard about this idea, I was like, ‘Oh that’s so exciting, that’s the kind of experience I wanted to have, with a movie based on a comic character.’ I felt like you could get something on screen.”
Hmmm. Feels slightly like they’re remaking King of Comedy with Rupert Pupkin going all supervillain. But I’m here for it.
(via THR; Photos: Pacific Coast News)
Obligatory Frances Conroy GIF: