Actor Alec Baldwin is reportedly joining the cast of Todd Phillips’ The Joker movie. The Academy Award-nominated actor has been roped in to play Thomas Wayne, the father of Bruce Wayne aka Batman, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Notably, it was the murder of his parents that forced Bruce to turn into a vigilante Batman.
UPDATE: Baldwin recently confirmed that he has exited the project and has cited “scheduling” issues as the reason during his interview with USA Today.
In the comic book storyline, Wayne’s parents were gunned down by a mugger named Joe Chill on the streets of Gotham City. Tim Burton’s 1989 film Batman, however, showcased The Joker as the main culprit.
Thomas Wayne was first introduced in Detective Comics #33 back in Nov. 1939. He was portrayed as a respected physician and philanthropist in Gotham City. As per the THR report, the upcoming film will portray Wayne as a cheesy and tanned businessman, kind of similar to 1980s Donald Trump.
Baldwin already has the experience of playing Donald Trump on NBC’s Saturday Night Live, which recently earned him a second Emmy nomination for the role. So, it won’t be a big problem for the actor to mold into the new role. The actor is popularly known for his stint on 30 Rock, The Departed, and Paramount Pictures’ Mission: Impossible movies.
The Joker origin movie is set to begin shooting in New York City in the next two weeks. The list of actors who have already been confirmed for the film includes Joaquin Phoenix as the Clown Prince of Crime, Zazie Beetz ((Deadpool 2), Robert De Niro (The King of Comedy), Frances Conroy (American Horror Story), Marc Maron (Almost Famous) and Bryan Callen.
There are rumors that Warners Bros. is eyeing an R-rating for Joaquin Phoenix’s Joker movie as it will showcase female nudity in smaller roles. The film will dive deeper into the real-life world of stand-up comedians who also perform in strip clubs. So, it is likely that some of the scenes will feature female strippers.
Joker is currently set to arrive in theatres on October 4, 2019.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
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