We got a first look at Joaquin Phoenix’s
Joker Joaquin Phoenix in Warner Bros.’ Joker movie recently, and now, the studio has formally announced the start of production.
The press release confirms the film’s stacked supporting cast, including Robert De Niro and Zazie Beetz. Additionally, Brett Cullen has signed on to replace Alec Baldwin as Thomas Wayne, while Bradley Cooper is producing alongside director Todd Phillips.
Check out the full press release below, and stay tuned for more as we have it.
(September 17, 2018 – Burbank, CA) – Principal photography has begun on Warner Bros. Pictures’ Joker, starring Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix in the title role, alongside Oscar winner Robert De Niro, and directed, produced and co-written by Oscar nominee Todd Phillips.Joker centers around the iconic arch nemesis and is an original, standalone story not seen before on the big screen. Phillips’ exploration of Arthur Fleck (Phoenix), a man disregarded by society, is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.
The film also stars Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2), Bill Camp (Red Sparrow, Molly’s Game), Frances Conroy (TV’s American Horror Story, Hulu’s Castle Rock), Brett Cullen (42, Netflix’s Narcos), Glenn Fleshler (TV’s Billions, Barry), Douglas Hodge (Red Sparrow, TV’s Penny Dreadful), Marc Maron (TV’s Maron, GLOW), Josh Pais (upcoming Motherless Brooklyn, Going in Style), and Shea Whigham (upcoming First Man, Kong: Skull Island).
Phillips (The Hangover trilogy) directs from a screenplay he co-wrote with writer Scott Silver (The Fighter), based on characters from DC. The film is being produced by Phillips and Bradley Cooper under their Joint Effort banner, and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. It is executive produced by Richard Baratta, Joseph Garner and Bruce Berman.
Behind the scenes, Phillips is joined by director of photography Lawrence Sher (upcoming Godzilla: King of the Monsters, The Hangover trilogy), production designer Mark Friedberg (Selma, The Amazing Spider-Man 2), editor Jeff Groth (War Dogs, The Hangover Part III), and Oscar-winning costume designer Mark Bridges (Phantom Thread, The Artist).
A Warner Bros. Pictures presentation, in Association with Village Roadshow Pictures, in Association with BRON Creative, a Joint Effort Production, Joker is set for release October 4, 2019, and will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.
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