Deadline has confirmed that Warner Bros. is in early development on a Joker standalone film in the Suicide Squad universe starring Jared Leto, who will also executive produce. No writer or director are assigned at this time. It’s very early.

Meanwhile Todd Phillips’ origin tales film about the Joker –which Deadline broke the news on– is still in development and will fall under a different DC origins cinematic banner, to separate it from the titles set during the current day. Joaquin Phoenix is set to star in Phillips’ movie.

Let’s see which project makes it to the finish line first. Suicide Squad 2 is going into production some time next year.


Joaquin Phoenix is in talks to play the Clown Prince of Crime in Warner Bros. and Todd Phillips’ untitled Joker origin movie. While studio negotiations are not yet underway, Phillips has made it clear that Phoenix is the top choice to star and sources now tell Variety that, after thinking it over, Phoenix has agreed to the role. WB had no comment.

Phillips is on board to co-write and direct the movie. Phillips had met with Phoenix before the new year and was just waiting for the studio’s go-ahead, sources say. Insiders stress that Jared Leto, who starred in “Suicide Squad” as the Joker is still on board as the character in the DC universe and that this Phoenix has no effect on what happens with Leto’s character in future DC films.

Scott Silver will join Phillips as a co-writer on the film, which will delve into what it took for the Joker to become a mastermind criminal. Sources say the story will take place in the ’80s and have more of the look of a gritty crime drama than comic-book movie.

Phoenix has been considered for another villainous DC role in the past: Lex Luthor in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” but passed on that role, which ultimately went to Jesse Eisenberg. He was also in talks for Disney-Marvel’s “Doctor Strange,” but passed on that as well.

Read more at Variety.

Joaquin Phoenix is in early talks to join the cast of Palme d’Or-winning French director Jacques Audiard’s The Sisters Brothers. The project is an adaptation of Patrick deWitt’s Gold Rush novel about brothers Eli and Charlie Sisters, who are hired to kill a prospector who has stolen from their boss in 1851 Oregon.

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In what may be one of the bolder casting exercises in some time, Joaquin Phoenix is being eyed to play Jesus Christ in Garth Davis’ Mary Magdalene opposite Rooney Mara. A deal is still some way off being done, with scheduling believed to be one concern, but if this goes down it would be a clear statement of intent from the filmmakers about the kind of film they’re trying to make.

Phoenix is the very definition of a mercurial talent, transforming from role to role, whether the stoner private detective in Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice, the lovelorn writer forming an emotional connection with his phone’s operating system in Spike Jonze’s Her or even as Johnny Cash in Walk the Line.

Playing Jesus could offer a defining moment for the versatile and unpredictable Phoenix. He doesn’t necessarily invoke – physically at least – some previous seminal portrayals such as Jim Caviezel in Mel Gibson’s The Passion of the Christ, but Phoenix does certainly possess the acting chops and intensity to bring the character to life.

Buzz has been growing about Mary Magdalene ever since Deadline broke the news that The King’s Speech producers See-Saw Films were putting the project together, with Universal on-board for international and the Weinstein Co. taking domestic. Rooney Mara joined the mix shortly after in the title role. Were a deal struck with Phoenix, this would raise the curiosity about the project even more with the assembling talent indicating an edgy, decidedly indie take on the greatest story ever told. It is set to be an authentic and humanistic portrait of one of the most enigmatic and misunderstood spiritual figures in history.

Joaquin Phoenix is in negotiations to reunite with M. Night Shyamalan for a new feature project that will start shooting in November in the director’s hometown of Philadelphia. The project will also bring Shyamalan back together with Jason Blum, who will produce. The two worked together most recently on upcoming Universal release The Visit. Marc Bienstock also produces, while Ashwin Rajan and Steven Schneider are on board as exec producers.


Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal are circling Nocturnal Animals, the thriller that’s marking the return of fashion designer Tom Ford to the director’s chair for the first time since 2009’s A Single Man.

Adams is in talks to star while sources say Gyllenhaal is attached to star as the male lead.

Insiders also say that Joaquin Phoenix and Aaron Taylor-Johnson are also being sought for leading roles.

Wright’s book was initially published in 1993 and tells of a woman named Susan who receives a book manuscript from her ex-husband, a man whom she left 20 years earlier, asking for her opinion.

The book then tracks two stories: the story in the novel, titled Nocturnal Animals, which tells of a man whose family vacation turns violent and deadly; and the story of Susan, who finds herself recalling her first marriage and confronting some dark truths about herself.

The project is still being packaged and is not set up at a studio. Smokehouse has a first-look deal with Sony.


The Oscar-nominated actor and the movie multi-verse pioneers have failed to come to an agreement, and now director Scott Derrickson and Co. are looking for a new actor to fill the good doctor’s high-collared cape.

Phoenix, who reunited with The Master director Paul Thomas Anderson in the upcoming noir-satire Inherent Vice, had been Marvel’s first choice for the part, but three months of negotiations with William Morris Endeavor have ended with neither side willing to commit, sources close to the talks tell EW.


About a month ago, word emerged that Joaquin Phoenix was being discussed around the Marvel office for the role of Doctor Strange. He’s was seen buying “Doctor Strange” comics, and the trades said he was being “mentioned most often” for the part. But chatter doesn’t always equal signed contracts, and wish list desires don’t always work out. But maybe they will in this case.

According to Collider, Phoenix is in final talks for the lead role in “Doctor Strange,” with the final details of his deal essentially just being worked out before he signs on. And that recent talk about Jack Huston being in the mix? Well, that’s apparently untrue. That said, as with all rumors around Marvel projects, nothing is official until they say it is. And Latino Review is already pouring a bit of water on this report, saying that the actor still has the potential to bail. So basically, we’re kinda where we were a month ago.

Still, it’s not like Phoenix is unfamiliar with being courted for big tentpoles. He was sought for the role of Lex Luthor in “Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice,” and while that didn’t work out, perhaps this one will. It’ll be interesting to see if the actor will go for the relatively low pay and multiple movie requirements Marvel offers, but given that Phoenix likes to rise to new challenges, we could see this going either way. More undoubtedly to come.

Not so fast. I personally checked in with pals at CAA this morning & Joaquin Phoenix deal still not finalized. Lots still to work out.


As Marvel finalizes surprises for its Comic-Con panel on Saturday, the rumor mill regarding “Doctor Strange” has reached a fever pitch and the actor who has been mentioned most often for the coveted superhero role is none other than three-time Oscar nominee Joaquin Phoenix, multiple individuals close to the casting process have told TheWrap.

Representatives for Marvel and Phoenix had no comment.

While insiders caution there is no deal in place yet, multiple sources say Phoenix is in consideration and has had discussions about the movie.

Many would assume that Phoenix is one of the last actors in Hollywood who would be willing to lock himself into a potential long-term deal, but it’s possible that he’s not being asked to sign the same staggering multi-picture contract that other actors in the MCU have.

Phoenix had previously been courted for the role of Lex Luthor in WB’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” and it’s believed that those talks would not have gotten as far as they did if Phoenix had no interest in doing a comic book movie.


Phoenix, who is winning rave reviews in Spike Jonze’s love story Her, turned down the offer while Girls star Driver was said to be keen but forced to say no due to scheduling issues, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

The part eventually went to The Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg.


According to a report from Variety, Joaquin Phoenix is currently being rumored for a role in Batman vs. Superman. Phoenix is believed to be in line for the role of the main antagonist, which is likely to be Lex Luthor. Here is what Variety has to say about the potential casting…

“Warner Bros. wants the Oscar-winning actor for a role in the upcoming untitled Batman-Superman pic. However, it’s very early in the process and even if Warners offers Phoenix a role, it’s not clear he would accept as the actor has steered clear of big-budget pics in the past few years, leaning towards movies with a more prestige feel.”

Batman vs. Superman is currently scheduled for a July 17th, 2015 release date and at this time stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, and Amy Adams.


We’re about to witness the comeback of Joaquin Phoenix.
It’s already happening, which you know if you’ve heard his Oscar buzz about The Master. Joaquin kinda went crazy for a while, but when he’s good, he’s really good. And right now he seems to be in a good place both professionally and personally.

According to the New York Daily News, Joaquin went to the Toronto Film Festival with his new girlfriend, 26-year-old model/actress Heather Christie, who has a 5-year-old son with ex Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Check out photos of the couple here.

“They have been dating for quite a few months now and he asked her to join him,” a source told the Daily News. “It just recently got serious between them.” The source said Joaquin has bonded with Heather’s son and would make a great dad. “He’s surprisingly really great with kids.”

Maybe it’s not that surprising. Joaquin is an uncle who probably hangs out with the kids his sister Summer has with her husband Casey Affleck.