Joaquin Phoenix ‘Joker’ Movie Gets Australia Release Date; Robert De Niro in Talks to Join Cast


Warner Bros’ upcoming Joker origins movie, set to star Joaquin Phoenix, has received its Australian release date and has an Oscar winner circling.

Roadshow Films has scheduled the film for release in Australia on 3 October 2019. The film will open in the US on 4 October 2019.

Directed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover trilogy, Old School, Due Date, War Dogs) and written by Phillips & Scott Silver (8 Mile, The Fighter), this new take on the Gotham supervillain is described as a gritty character study but also a broader cautionary tale of a man disregarded by society who becomes the ultimate supervillain. This decidedly different DC adaptation will be set in the 1980s.

And judging by the next bit of casting news, it’s shaping up to be a prestige comic book film. According to Deadline, Oscar winner Robert De Niro has entered talks to join the cast. The outlet’s sources report that if negotiations go well De Niro will be playing “a talk show host, a formative figure in the development of the character who eventually becomes The Joker. But De Niro’s character is not a villain.”

Zazie Beets, known for Atlanta and for recently playing Domino in Deadpool 2, is also in talks to star in the film. No reports yet on if she has officially been cast at this point, but THR last week reported that the role would potentially see her playing “a single mother who catches the interest of the man who will become the ‘clown prince of crime.'”

Cameras on this Joker movie are expected to start rolling in New York this coming September.

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