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The actor, who was nominated for an Oscar for his unsteady Emperor Commodus in 2000's "Gladiator," is portraying the Joker both before and after the character undergoes his clown makeup transformation. Director Todd Phillips ("Old School," "The Hangover") posted a video of Phoenix in September that showed a "camera test" of the actor, first looking like a mild-mannered man in a zip-up hoodie, then looking scary as Joker yukking it up to the tune of "Laughing" by the Guess Who.
Warner Bros. has described the movie as a standalone story about "a man disregarded by society," serving as "not only a gritty character study but also a broader cautionary tale." That man is called Arthur.
The film was announced in 2017, and comic book fans weren't exactly happy about the news. It's set in Gotham City in the 1980s.
Joaquin Phoenix as Arthur Fleck / Joker:
A failed stand-up comedian disregarded by society who is driven insane and becomes a psychopathic anarchist mastermind, known as "The Joker".Phoenix is the seventh actor to portray the Joker in a theatrical film, prior to his casting, Leonardo DiCaprio had been considered.Phoenix had been interested in a low-budget "character study" of a comic book character and his agent recommended that he set up a meeting with Warner Bros. to discuss, but he ultimately declined. Phoenix later became interested when the project was announced, stating, "It feels unique, it is its own world in some ways, and maybe ... It might as well be the thing that scares you the most".Phoenix lost a considerable amount of weight in preparation.
Robert De Niro as a talk show host.
Zazie Beetz as Sophie Dumond:
A cynical single mother and Arthur's love interest.Beetz, a "huge fan" of Phoenix, said it was "an honor" to work with him.
Bill Camp as a cop in the Gotham City Police Department (GCPD).
Frances Conroy as Penny Fleck: Arthur's mother.
Brett Cullen as Thomas Wayne:
A billionaire philanthropist running for mayor of Gotham.Unlike the source material, he plays a role in the Joker's origins and is less sympathetic than traditional incarnations.Alec Baldwin was initially cast in the role, but dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.
Glenn Fleshler as a comedian
Dante Pereira-Olson as Bruce Wayne: The young son of Thomas Wayne, who in his adulthood becomes the Joker's archenemy Batman.
Douglas Hodge as Alfred Pennyworth: The butler and caretaker of the Wayne family.
Marc Maron as a talent agent
Shea Whigham as a cop in the GCPD
Bryan Callen as an aging stripper
Additionally, Josh Pais has been cast in an undisclosed role.
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