It’s was reported a week ago at The Hashtag Show that Robert De Niro was being eyed by Warner Bros. to join the cast of The Joker origin film titled Joker, and now the major media outlets (The Hollywood Reporter in particular) are starting to confirm that report as he’s currently in talks with the studio for a role in the upcoming feature.
The film will be an origin story of The Joker, with the studio describing the film as “exploration of a man disregarded by society [that] is not only a gritty character study, but also a broader cautionary tale.”
The project has been long reported about, since way back in August of last year it was reported that Todd Philips and Scott Silver were co-writing the script, with Philips also attached to direct and serve as producer. Emma Tillinger Koskoff will be working as a producer on the project and Richard Baratta is serving as executive producer.
The report states that De Niro, if signed, would play the role of a talk show host who is somehow instrumental in the Joker’s origin. If De Niro joins, he will star opposite Joaquin Phoenix and potentially Zazie Beetz, who is currently in talks.
Joker is set to commence production in New York this coming September and is being scheduled for cinematic release on the 4th October 2019.