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Robert De Niro may join Joaquin Phoenix in the new Joker origin film, report says

Robert De Niro could soon share the silver screen with Joaquin Phoenix.

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Robert De Niro could soon share the silver screen with Joaquin Phoenix.

The actor is in talks to appear in an upcoming origin movie about the Joker, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

As De Niro seems to be a deal, the 74-year-old actor would reportedly work together with Phoenix, 43, who is set to play the title role of the DC Comics villain.

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“De Niro would [then] play a talk show host that is in one way or another contributed to the Joker’s origin,” the magazine Monday reported.

The film will take place in the ’80s and will not follow in the steps of a traditional comic-book movie, but instead appear more like a brutal crime drama, according to Variety. Filming will reportedly start in September.

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Earlier this month, Phoenix admitted his role in the film, which is directed by Todd Philips “The Hangover” series, “scared” of him.

“I take a lot of time and attention in making decisions, and what I’m going to always work,” Phoenix told Collider. “I think [Phillips] is very impressive and he seems to have a very interesting understanding of this world and what he was trying to say… It feels unique, it is a world of its own, in some ways, and maybe especially, it scares the f—– – g s–t of me or something. It may as well be the thing that terrifies you the most.”

Phoenix assured of the website that Phillips’ movie will be something different.

“I wouldn’t quite consider it as a genre,” he said. “I would not say that it is a superhero film, or a film studio or…It feels unique.”

Fox News’ Mariah Haas and Ryan Gaydos contributed to this report.

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