One of the most interesting films heading our way in the near future is The Hangover and Old School director Todd Phillip's gritty Joker origin film starring Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz (Deadpool 2), Frances Conroy (American Horror Story), and Marc Maron. We've been doing our very best to keep all of you guys up-to-date on all the happenings on the set of the movie, which began shooting back in September in New York City (and then eventually moved to Jersey City and Newark). And today we have word via co-writer/director Todd Phillips himself over on Instagram that Joker has officially wrapped filming! Phillips writes this.
"That's a wrap on production. Thanks to the greatest crew NYC has to offer. It was a fun shoot- but we're not there yet. #editingroom"
As you might imagine, I'm super excited for Todd Phillips' Joker. The film is intended to be the first in a series of DC-based films separate from the shared DC Extended Universe, meaning, no worries if you are a fellow-fan of Jared Leto's Joker from David Ayer's lackluster hit Suicide Squad. Leto's Joker is still on the table for more films. One interesting development I noticed while researching the progress of the film today is that Martin Scorsese was also attached to produce, although it looks like he dropped out in July 2018 and was replaced by Emma Tillinger Koskoff (The Wolf of Wall Street).
While it sucks that a gritty Joker origin film lost producer Martin Scorsese, it looks like the movie picked up another mega-producer along the way in the form of Bradley Cooper. And for that one guy out there that isn't familiar with the work of Mr. Cooper, he is most famous for starring in Ryuhei Kitamura's adaptation of Clive Barker's Midnight Meat Train. I'm kidding. We all know Cooper from roles such as Phillips' own The Hangover trilogy, The Silver Linings Playbook, American Sniper, and the sure to be Best Picture winner this year, A Star is Born.
Joker is directed by Phillips from a screenplay he co-wrote along with Scott Silver based on the character The Joker created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson. Phillips produced the film along with Bradley Cooper (yes, that Bradley Cooper) and Emma Tillinger Koskoff. The new version of the classic villain stars Joaquin Phoenix as the clown prince of crime aka Arthur Fleck, along with Robert De Niro as Murray Franklin, a talk show host; Zazie Beetz as Sophie Dumond, a cynical single mother and Arthur's love interest; Bill Camp as a cop in the Gotham City Police Department; Frances Conroy as Penny Fleck, Arthur's mother; Brett Cullen as Thomas Wayne; Glenn Fleshler as a comedian; Dante Pereira-Olson as Bruce Wayne; Douglas Hodge as Alfred Pennyworth, Marc Maron as an agent, Shea Whigham as a cop in the GCPD, Bryan Callen as an aging stripper, and Josh Pais in an undisclosed role.
Joker is scheduled to be released on October 4, 2019. Today's update was shared by co-writer/director Todd Phillips on Instagram.