Joaquin Phoenix Has Agreed to Play The Joker in a Martin Scorsese-Produced Origin Movie

'The Hangover' director Todd Phillips is already attached.
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Heath Ledger as The Joker in The Dark Knight, Joaquin Phoenix in I'm Still Here

Heath Ledger's Oscar-worthy Joker; Joaquin Phoenix in I'm Still Here

This sounds like fun: Martin Scorsese is producing a Todd Phillips-directed DC Origins movie about The Joker, and Phillips's first choice for the role is Joaquin Phoenix

Phoenix has a rep for playing strange, complicated characters. That includes a rapping, wasted, Unabomber beard-wearing version of himself in the Casey Affleck mockumentary, I'm Still Here

While Variety reported that no one's at the negotiating table yet, a Metro report states Phoenix has "agreed" to play the Clown Prince of Crime. 

Fans and haters of Jared Leto's Joker from Suicide Squad should know that Leto isn't affected by this move. The still-untitled movie will reportedly be a standalone production. Fans of Leonardo DiCaprio will be disappointed—though he was originally in the running, reports indicate that's a non-starter. 

Social media reactions seem pretty positive. This is probably due to Phoenix's intense reputation as an actor who never does a half-ass job in a role, no matter how bad the script.

As several reports pointed out, Phoenix has backed out of roles in other comic book movies, such as Doctor Strange. Let's hope he hangs on this time. If there was ever an actor who could totally own such an insane role, he's the man.

h/t VarietyMetro