Joaquin Phoenix in talks with star as the Joker in a new origin movie

Joaquin Phoenix arrives for the BRITISH premiere of “You were never really” at the British Film Institute (BFI London Film Festival in Leicester Square in London, Britain, 14 October 2017. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor – RC18AFFEB6F0

Joaquin Phoenix is reportedly in talk to play the Joker in director Todd Phillips’ untitled origin story of the villain.

According to Variety, but no permanent casting decision is taken, the Oscar-nominated actor is said to be the first choice for the 80s-set origin film. But sources told Variety that Phoenix has already committed for the role.

In addition to directing, Phillips will help with the writing of the script during film icon, Martin Scorsese, will serve as producer for the gritty film that will follow the character of life in Gotham City and made his way to the infamous sides.

Phoenix is intended that the new Joker character is not to be confused with the Joker, Jared Leto,, is known from the DC comic’s flick, “Suicide Squad.” According to Variety, Phillips’ film would fall under the “a-not-yet-announced new banner of DC Comics,” entirely separate from the current DC comic stories, allowing Leto to reprise his Joker in the upcoming “Suicide Squad 2.”

The Joker character was made most famous by Heath Ledger’s portrayal in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight.”

But this is not the first time that the “Her” actress is considered for functions within the DC Comics family. According to Variety, in the past, the actor was considered for the role of Lex Luthor in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” as well as a different role in Disney-Marvel’s “Doctor Strange.” But Phoenix passed on both projects.

Phoenix is currently the star in the 2018 flick “Don’t Worry, He won’t Get Far on foot.”

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