Joker Origin Movie Set to Start Filming This May, Joaquin Phoenix Still Attached to Star

Martin Scorsese's untitled Joker origin film is scheduled to begin production in the coming months, with the 'Mary Magdalene' actor, who was in talks for the role, remaining 'interested.'

AceShowbiz - Martin Scorsese's untitled Joker origin film is scheduled to start production sooner than later. The Tracking Board's Jeff Sneider has taken to his Twitter account to reveal that filming on the yet-to-be-titled Warner Bros. Pictures project will kick off in May this year.

Sneider posted on Tuesday, February 20 what appears to be some sort of part of larger press release which featured the project's logline and listed a start date of May 1. It also revealed the status of three-time Oscar-nominated actor Joaquin Phoenix, who was recently revealed to be in talks with the studio for the role of the Clown Prince of Crime, as "interested."

Neither WB nor Phoenix has confirmed the report. While Sneider is known as a reliable source, he notes that the above details are subject to change.

Details on the upcoming Joker origin movie's plot are currently unknown, though the film is set in Gotham City in the early 1980s and has more of the look of a gritty crime drama than comic-book movie. It is also said that the film will be separate from the DC Extended Universe in an effort to create new and unique storylines.

Acclaimed filmmaker Scorsese will serve as a producer for the project. Todd Phillips is set to direct the standalone film from a script he co-wrote with Scott Silver. No release date is set just yet for the Joker stand-alone flick.

Prior to eying Phoenix for the role of Joker, it was reported that Leonardo DiCaprio was wanted to take on the role of the DC villain. Reacting to the idea of having another Joker depicter on the big screen, "Suicide Squad" star Jared Leto admitted to The Hollywood Reporter last September, "I'm a little confused too."

"I love the Joker. He's a great character and really fun character to play. But it's a big universe and when you play the Joker, there's no ownership there," he said. "You have the honor of holding the baton for a little while and then passing it off. There are other films that are in development and I'm excited to see what comes from them."

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