DC's upcoming standalone ​Joker movie has been in conversation for what feels like years. But until very recently, we hadn't been getting much information. Now, however, it seems the ​cast and crew is shaping up to make for an incredible film, and we can't wait!

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The origin story, which will take place in the '80s, is to be directed by Todd Phillips, and will star three-time Oscar nominee ​Joaquin Phoenix. The ​most recent addition to the project is visual effects supervisor Edwin Rivera, who has worked on films such Spider-Man: Homecoming, Guardians of The Galaxy Vol.2, and 22 Jump Street.


Production designer Mark Friedberg (Across the Universe, The Amazing Spider-Man 2) and costume designer Mark Bridges (Boogie Nights, Phantom Thread) have also reportedly signed onto the film, which will begin production in September. 

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Joaquin ​apparently wanted the film to begin with the Joker's failed career as a standup comedian, ultimately leading him to a life of crime. In a recent interview, the actor revealed he's been thinking about a DC film for quite some time, but never imagined playing the Joker. 


“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?’" Joaquin recalled.

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He continued with:


"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...' 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.'"


We can't wait to see how Joaquin Phoenix will play this iconic role, and how DC will tell the Joker's story once again.