Alec Baldwin has quit the forthcoming Joker movie, one day after he was reported to be joining the cast.
The Oscar-nominated star was in talks to play Bruce Wayne’s father Thomas, although it was reported that the movie was set to take his character in an entirely new direction.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Wayne would be “a cheesy and tanned businessman who is more in the mould of a 1980s Donald Trump”.
Today (August 29), Baldwin told USA Today he is “not doing that movie anymore.” He also tweeted to confirm he would not be appearing in the film. “Let me state, for the record, that I have NOT been hired to play a role in Todd Phillips’ JOKER as some Donald Trump manque,” he wrote. “That is not happening. Not. Happening.”
Joaquin Phoenix will play the iconic, titular villain, while Robert DeNiro will appear as a talkshow host who plays an instrumental role in the Joker’s life.
Other recent additions include Zazie Beetz as a single mother who fosters a close relationship with the Joker.
The film is set for release in October 2018, directed by The Hangover’s Todd Phillips.
Last week, Phoenix directly addressed his critics who have questioned his suitability for the role.
Earlier this year, the casting immediately caught the eye of critics who questioned how his role would work when a standalone Joker film with Jared Leto is also believed to be in the works.
“I don’t really think that much about what people think,” Phoenix curtly explained to IndieWire. “Who cares, who cares?”
The origins movie will hit cinemas on October 4, 2019.