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Joaquin Phoenix to shoot ‘Joker’ standalone film this fall

Warner Bros. has given the go ahead on Todd Phillips’ “Joker” origin film with Joaquin Phoenix closing his deal to star. Variety first reported in February that Phoenix was in talks to play the Clown Prince of Crime. As soon as his deal was finalized, the studio gave the greenlight to a September start date with a budget in the moderate $55 million range. Phillips (“The Hangover” franchise) is on board to co-write and direct. Jared Leto most recently played the Joker in “Suicide Squad.” According to insiders, the Oscar winner will not only will be back for the “Suicide Squad” sequel, Warner Bros. is also developing his own standalone movie that will be separate from Phoenix’s Joker project. Scott Silver will join ...
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