According to Variety, Joaquin Phoenix is the frontrunner to star as the Clown Prince of Crime in Todd Phillips’ stand-alone Joker movie.
The article states that negations haven’t officially started, but Phillips has made it clear that Phoenix is his number one choice. Variety also reports that Phoenix is very interested in the role and has agreed with Phillips.
The untitled movie will be set in the 1980’s and will explore the Joker’s origin as a maniacal villain. The film will reportedly be more of a crime-thriller than a comic-book movie.
If your a fan of the DC Extended Universe you don’t need to worry, Jared Leto is reportedly still on-board to portray The Joker in future DCEU movies.