Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Alec Baldwin Joins JOKER Movie As Bruce Wayne's Father

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UPDATE - 8/30/2018: Baldwin has dropped out of the Joker movie two days after the casting was announced. The actor said: "I’m no longer doing that movie. I’m sure there are 25 guys who can play that part. The original article follows below.

Oscar-nominated actor Alec Baldwin is set to appear in the upcoming Joker origin film opposite Joaquin Phoenix. The actor will play Batman a.k.a. Bruce Wayne's father Thomas, who, according to various sources, will be potryed in a non-traditional manner as a cheesy and tanned businessman similar to a 1980s Donald Trump. Filming will start on September 10.

The film will be co-written and directed by Todd Phillips ("The Hangover") and will reportedly have a moderate $55 million budget. Phoenix is set to star as the Clown Prince of Crime, but the film will not be connected to Warner's other DC Comics films featuring the Joker. Jared Leto will reprise the role for the "Suicide Squad" sequel, as well as a standalone Joker movie.

The story will focus on the Joker's rise as a criminal mastermind and it has been described as more of a dark character study with a 1980s sensibility, inspired by Martin Scorsese's "Taxi Driver" and "The King of Comedy". The cast also includes Robert De Niro as a talk-show host who plays a part in the character's descent into madness, Frances Conroy, Marc Maron and Zazie Beetz as Sophie Dumond.

Alec Baldwin can also be seen in Edward Norton's crime drama "Motherless Brooklyn" based on Jonathan Lethem's novel of the same name.


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